As I settled in to catch up on HBO’s award-winning series “Barry,” an atypical opening announcement took me by surprise. In a show about a former hit man looking to start anew, pre-show warnings on violence are the norm.
The July 18, 2016shooting of Charles Kinsey is just one of many police shootings of unarmed Black men that has garnered media attention. Kinsey, a caretaker for individuals with disabilities, was allegedly accidentally hit by the officer’s bullets.
Nov. 19 is marked as International Men’s Day, devoted to the positive contributions of men to greater society as well as highlighting men’s well-being. It is a day that went completely unrealized and unmarked. Perhaps this makes sense to many. After all, why celebrate the advances and highlight the plights of a historically privileged group? Men as a demographic have not typically had to fight for rights on the basis of gender.
When colleges first began to go co-ed about the time of the Civil War, higher education was still very much a man’s game. It wasn’t until 1980, nearly 100 years after the start, that women and men began to attend college at similar rates.
In the wake of high profile suicides such as designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, issues pertaining to mental illness are particularly relevant. It appears as though mental illness, long ignored as a taboo subject, is becoming more socially acceptable to discuss in public.