Females of African Descent and Issues of Racism and Suicide
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the question: What does the current literature say concerning the connection between racism and suicide among females of African descent, (herein referred to as African women, black women, or black females) according to the theories of intersectionality, black feminist thought, and Afrocentricity (African culture). Thematic analysis was used. Although there was rare connection in the literature between racism and suicide among black women and white supremacist violence, its impact was traced from the time of Cleopatra through the transatlantic slave trade era, to the current day. Four key themes were highlighted: the stereotype of “strong” black women and the impact on their health and well-being; cases of suicide among black women; and the need for professional consideration regarding these issues. A model for working with black women focusing on suicide prevention and intervention is discussed along with suggestions to assist non-black professionals in offering health services to these women and other marginalized populations. Methodological limitations and possible directions for future research are then discussed.