Depression, caused by Oppression
Researchers have begun to conceptualize ways in which the historical legacies of Systematic Racism, Discrimination, Colonialism, Slavery, Lynching, Genocide, Concentration camps, and other forms of human maltreatment and exploitation contribute to depression.
Other historical factors include, denied education, denied job opportunities, pay inequality, police brutality (mistreatment, beatings, imprisonment, and death). These components provide the inescapable consequence of depression, regardless of its origin (personal experience, witness to, heard about, read about, or seen it on TV). Also, the ratio of imprisonment of one group over another and watching other groups excel while another is hindered represents some factors that contribute to depressive conditions, as it relates to historical legacy.
Please Note: Individuals within or outside of both the dominant and oppressed groups may also be affected, because of their level of compassion, sympathy, and belief in equality.