Andrew Yang Accused of Being Insensitive to People With Mental Illness

Andrew Yang Accused of Being Insensitive to People With Mental Illness

Less than one week before the polls opened, New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang came under fire for comments he made about people with mental health problems. “Yes, mentally ill people have rights, but you know who else have rights? “Full context here was mental illness is behind half of anti-Asian hate crimes,” he wrote. Ifeoma Ike, the senior campaign adviser for mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, accused him on social media of being “anti-Black” because, she claimed, Black people are disproportionately more likely to experience both mental illness and homelessness. For more on Black Americans and mental illness risk, read “Systemic Racism Increases the Risk of Psychosis Among Minorities.” For more on institutional support for people with mental illness, read “More Than Half of American Adults Living With Mental Illness Don’t Get Treatment.”

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