Rhea Boyd, MD+ Your Authors @RheaBoydMD A pediatrician and hopeful participant in democracy. Trying to do the right thing by the children of the world, one day at a time. May. 29, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

This young man is just 12 years old.

He is singing, “I just want to live.”

And he’s only 12. Years. Old.

Police killing Black people affects Black kids.

It affects their mental health - increasing reports of anxiety, PTSD, and depression.

Police violence affects Black children’s behavioral health - and can manifest in hypervigilence, erratic behavior patterns, or new onset substance use that serve as coping mechanisms to buffer the acute mental health affects associated with witnessing or experiencing violence.

Police violence affects Black children’s educational achievement - particularly if the act of violence occurs in their classroom or results in their missing school.

Police violence affects Black children’s racial socialization - or the ways they relate to their Blackness and the racial identity formation of their peers.

Police violence affects Black children’s social and emotional well-being - particularly if the violence harms a close family member, neighbor or peer, on whom they rely for their social and emotional development and support.

Police violence affects Black children’s physical health - by disappearing caregivers from Black children’s lives and undermining the core relationships critical to their physical development and well-being.

When Police kill Black people, it radiates out like a toxic wave and washes over every one of us, including our kids.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

We just want to live.

#KeedronBryant I will do eveything in my power, so that Black kids like you, can live. You are not alone. I see you. I hear your beautiful, blessed voice. And I will fight so you can live. Trust.

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