The death last week of Houston native George Floyd while in police custody, prompted protests across the country. Dr. Rheeda Walker is a clinical psychologist and psychology professor at the University of Houston and says a simple explanation is frustration. “People are sick and tired and there doesn’t seem to be a reasonable solution on the horizon and people are ready for change,” she said. “People are angry and hurt and also traumatized and frustrated and not knowing what the solution is.” Her new book is titled “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health” and focuses on the increased challenges African Americans face in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. She says the traumatic video of Floyd being held face down for almost nine minutes is a trigger for recurring anxiety. “The research has started to reveal that for weeks and sometimes months after watching these traumatic videos, African Americans have lingering physical and psychological symptoms.”
Watch the interview on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and view the full interview with Dr. Rheeda Walker below.