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Haunted House Psycho Asylum or KKK – Which Perpetrates more Hate Crime?

Advertising sign: Psycho Asylum Haunted House $2.50 per person – family fun -October 3 31
Ku Klux Klan member: Hey friend, can I get a light?
Caption: Discrimination Comes In Many Forms
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Disenfranchised, I really think, maybe that’s the emotional feeling I have right now…Disillusioned! I care so much about the discrimination and the stigmatization of People living with serious mental health issues that it sickens me–it’s ALWAYS associated with Halloween. It is the worst holiday ever conceived! In fact, it’s the one holiday that anyone living with or caring for someone with a mental illness should boycott and not celebrate whatsoever! Why? Not because it’s a Celtic and Anglo-Saxon ritualistic festival that honors Samhain, the Celtic lord of the dead or any other false religious idea concerning this holiday. No, the only reason you and I need is how Halloween is more associated with crazy, blood-lusting, psychopaths than any other holiday that I know of which is celebrated.  Forget the day of the dead, it’s now the day of the stigma.

In this cartoon above, I try to convey two thoughts. One viewing on racial discrimination (racism), and the second on the discrimination conveyed towards people with mental illness. Both, hands down are wrong but when you throw it into a holiday with some tasty/nice candy, goodies that makes it okay?!… GO CRAZY, in good, Wholesome family fun making stigmatizing the mentally ill. When you put it that why then I guess, it’s okay to create a haunted house/mental health psychotic asylum.

You may look at this from a different point of view than mine. Thinking well, it’s all in good fun, this haunted house for Halloween even though the background is a “psycho asylum.” Sure– it’s stigmatic, sure– it’s discriminatory, sure– it’s scary, and by rights, it should be…right? EVERYONE wants to live next to people with mental illness?

Halloween conveys a stigmatic, disgusting idea that people with mental illness are nothing more than Psychopathic killers and murderers only worthy of being chained to walls and beds in an insane asylum haunted house! Well, quite frankly, it makes my stomach turn with disgust…It’s the same way you should feel about a member of the Ku Klux Klan deciding to burn a cross in your front yard…Do you know that would be considered a hate crime! Yes discrimination, comes in many forms. Yet, most consider hate crimes punishable by the law with jail time. Why isn’t discrimination against the mentally ill, looked at or treated the same way? For example, in Sarasota, Florida there it was…such a hate crime perpetrated against anyone living with a mental illness…But it was all in so-called good fun. The promoters tagline was…come to their “Psycho Asylum will help you get your scare on this Halloween Season!”  Now, why isn’t that considered a hate crime?



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Haunted House Psycho Asylum or KKK – Which Perpetrates more Hate Crime?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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