'Antiracist' Mental Health Association Fights the Empathy-Strangling 'Ghost' of Whiteness

Ben Margot

Are you in need of psychotherapy?

You may be — especially if you suffer from “whiteness.”

A web video is drawing attention to a recent series hosted by the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

The 4-part discussion — which took place from mid-March through the middle of June — was titled “‘Nice White Therapists’: Deconstructing Whiteness Toward an Antiracist Clinical Practice.”

The official event webpage paints 2021 as an absolute death zone crafted by rampant, murderous white supremacy:

In this anguished time in American history – where it seems we are literally still fighting the Civil War as dead Black bodies are displayed in the public square — it is imperative that AAPCSW, an organization committed to both psychoanalysis and social justice, reckons with the anti-Black racism upon which our country, and by extension our field, is built.

Racism and fair skin, it seems, go hand-in-hand.

The same can be said of slavery:

Just as racism is fundamentally a White people’s problem, so, too, is Slavery White people’s history, to be taken up by White people.

The Association laments that “fewer than 10% of psychotherapists and fewer than 1% of psychoanalysts are Black.”

[B]efore a predominantly White organization like AAPCSW…can claim an understanding of racial justice and a commitment to antiracism, we must first begin this work in ourselves.

To that end, AAPCSW is devoting 2021 to a study of whiteness.

A featured quote pegs whites as, well, not human:

For generations, white people have been trading genuine connectedness in the human family for the poor substitute of property values and perceived superiority. Some may think we [white people] have a lot to lose. But racial equity wouldn’t be a loss for us. It would be a reclamation of our humanity.
— (Minneapolis Mayor) Betsy Hodges

In March, clinical psychologist Natasha Stovall, PhD, took the symposium reigns.

In a video, she explains, “The concept of mental health, in some ways, is very aligned with white supremacy.”

“[I] think it’s really important for us to kind of continue to try to understand…where that shows up in therapy if we’re going to be antiracist in our practice.”

“Antiracism,” to be clear, isn’t a disinterest in color.

As relayed by CNN last year, the ideology prohibits “microaggresions” such as “I’m colorblind.”

[Racist tendencies, including microaggressions] are obvious to the person of color, but they are so ingrained in the non-person of color that they are believed to be socially acceptable.”

Dr. Natasha isn’t oblivious to color.

She evidently views all according to it — including herself:

“[A] really important piece of working with white clients is to keep in mind that…when racism or when whiteness is deployed against people who aren’t white, it’s hostile, it is violent…it’s destructive, it is annihilating. And…that’s a piece of whiteness that we really need to…re-connect with. … [T]hat is something that we need to always be mindful of as white people and white therapists — that…what we see in ourselves and in other white people and from white patients is not the same thing that’s seen by people who are on the other end of whiteness.”

The lady’s trying to improve her pale patients.

It sounds as if all whites are horribly haunted — whiteness, in fact, is a “ghost.”

And more on being a sociopath:

“You know, whiteness is something that white clients are…really split off from often. And then it comes back as a ghost and kind of interferes with psychotherapeutic work, interferes with civilization… And then this disavowal from the identification of whiteness…leads to a creation of the self that…cuts one off from…empathetic identification from people…who are different in some way.”

Might whiteness cause mental illness?

Well, it doesn’t help:

“[A]nxiety, depression, social isolation, isolation within relations, these things…can be conceived as, not just about whiteness, but not helped by whiteness. You know, exacerbated by whiteness.”

Exactly what is whiteness?

So far as I can tell, it’s the worst humanity has to offer…wrapped in a melanin-missing membrane.

Case in point: Earlier this year, Coca-Cola encouraged its employees to “be less white.”

Hence:

  • Be less oppressive
  • Be less arrogant
  • Be less certain
  • Be less defensive
  • Be less ignorant
  • Be more humble
  • Listen
  • Believe
  • Break with apathy
  • Break with white solidarity

Will we ever rid the world of whiteness?

It would take a major move.

Mental health is looking into it:

As for the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, they’re spending all year:

AAPCSW is devoting 2021 to a study of Whiteness. We believe this project is especially important for those of us who consider ourselves progressive allies, who “despite believing we are saying and doing the right things, have resisted…systemic changes…for decades” and who “have mostly settled for illusions of change…efforts [that] make us feel better about racism, but fundamentally change little”

The seminar was promoted thusly:

We will explore our denial, disavowal, dissociation, projection, and even pleasure in the searing traumas of slavery and violence that built this country and form all of our identities as people who are not-Black.

What about any white people who can’t bring themselves to care about someone’s skin?

Will they be discarded like an outdated idea?

Judging by our trajectory, it’s not impossible.

-ALEX

 

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