After a year of being bullied, her son wanted to be white. Why depression and anxiety loom larger for children of color.


After a year of being bullied, her son wanted to be white. Why depression and anxiety loom larger for children of color.


By the time he was 8, Agustin Guzmán was telling his mother he was white.

He stopped eating Mexican food and was reluctant to take part in even his favorite holiday, Día de los Muertos.

The bullying he endured on the playground built up. His peers would ask if he was an "illegal" and taunt him with slurs. Agustin, depressed, put on weight, which fueled the schoolyard bullies even more.

"He told me that his friends were laughing at him because they said kids from Mexico were illegal immigrants," Jannely Guzmán, his mother, explained. "I told him, `You are not from Mexico. You were born in Green Bay. I was born in Chicago.`...


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Ken Notes: This is something we need to address early and we need to work with parents as well as peers to eliminate these stereotypes. Prejudice is a learned behavior...




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