This experience would be repeated the next year and the following year, too.
It was at this time, Mills went to his hotel room stood on a window ledge and closed his eyes. Swaying next to the glass, he considered ending his life.
The perception being that he, an Oglala Lakota, was not quite good enough.
"Perceptions almost broke me," he said.
This anecdote is a testament to the terrible power of racism and stereotyping. If a successful athlete considered suicide, you can imagine why a battered spouse or neglected child might commit suicide.
For more on the subject, see The Harm of Native Stereotyping: Facts and Evidence.
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