If humanity is always on an upward track “how do we explain Rwandan genocide? Slavery? Prisons? The Holocaust? Police brutality?” King asked. Right now, he said, the United States is in a dip because technology is steadily improving, but humanity is not.
King and panelists Ayana Jordan, Mika’il Deveaux and Robyn Brown-Manning spent most of the event discussing this dip--how the country got into it and how to get out--through the lenses of health care, education and criminal justice reform.
Jordan, an assistant professor at Yale University and an attending physician at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, said the health care system is failing black people in a number of ways, especially when it comes to mental health. It’s difficult for black people to move forward and enact change without getting help to deal with the trauma of daily racist aggression, she said. Supportive therapy groups in black churches might be a way to start revamping a system that was not created with black people in mind, she suggested.