Addressing Racism

 

We believe that as psychoanalysts our shared values include tolerance of difference, seeking emotional truth, empathy and listening, understanding the role of individual and collective trauma, diversity in every sense of the word, and fundamental human equality. 

APsaA has issued two recent press statements related to deadly incidents of racism:

Also read our Position Statement on Race-Based Violence and Racial Profiling

APsaA Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, JULY 12, 2020
4:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Eastern
Open to the entire Psychoanalytic Community
 
Addressing Racism – Taking Stock Of Where We Are Now
COVID-19 Town Hall | 1 hour Zoom Meeting

A space for the psychoanalytic community to share experiences and reflections. All psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists, students, candidates, and analysts are invited, regardless of institutional affiliation.

We will be using break out groups again to facilitate greater engagement.

Please register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.u will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Further Resources for Addressing Racism

We have collected the following resources from our Department of Psychoanalytic Education’s Diversities Section, the Coalition for Clinical Social Work, APsaA members and staff. These resources will be updated periodically to help inform and guide anti-racism efforts by the psychoanalytic community. This is by no means an exhaustive list and inclusion does not imply formal endorsement by ApsaA. Readers will find a variety of views and approaches and are welcome to submit additional resources to info@apsa.org

ACT            DONATE       JOIN/FOLLOW   LISTEN/WATCH      READ      SAY THEIR NAMES

ACT

There are lots of ways to act right now, including attending protests yourself or supporting those who are, getting more involved in politics and election work, and committing to doing your own work around racism and structural racism. You can also consider funding a candidates’ scholarship at your home institute to support training for African American and/or other underrepresented persons. Donate time or money in support of free or low fee treatment for people of color.

 
Protest
 
Petitions:
No Cop Unions - Expel Police Unions from the AFL-CIO
 

Bail Funds
 
Black LGBTQ+ Support
(donate through PayPal or Cash App)
 
Frontlines Organizations
Community Justice Exchange To make a localized contribution to a Bail Fund in your state
 
Black Community
 

JOIN 

Many organizations are pushing legislation, organizing phone banks, and election work around police reform. Make a commitment to get involved, at least until November. 

The Antiracist Research & Policy Center
 

Showing Up for Racial Justice

 

Psychoanalytic Readings

The following is a list of psychoanalytic readings relevant to current national events regarding race. For a more thorough collection of readings on the diversities please go to the following: APsaA DPE Diversities Resources Database Webpage (Beta)
The American Psychoanalyst (Vols. 50(3), 50(4), 51(1)), three-issue series on race, edited by Michael Slevin and Beverly Stoute, with articles by Anton Hart, Dorothy Holmes, Annie Lee Jones, Michael Moskowitz, Richard Reichbart, Beverly Stoute, Warren Spielberg, Kirkland Vaughans
The Anatomy of Prejudices by Elizabeth Young-Breuhl
Vaughans,  Kirkland, (2014), “Chapter 32. Disavowed Fragments of the Intergenerational Trauma,” In Vaughans, K. and W. Spielberg, eds. The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents, Praeger: California.
Powell, D. R. (July 2020). From the Sunken Place to the Shitty Pace: The Film Get Out, Psychic Emancipation and Modern Race Relations from a Psychodynamic Clinical Perspective. Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Mapping Racism by Donald Moss
 
Other Readings:
Articles / Op-EDs
America, This Is Your Chance” by Michelle Alexander
 
Blogs
 
Books
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
 
Papers
(French, Lewis, Mosley, Adames, Chavez-Dueñas, Chen, & Neville, 2020)
 
Collective Resource Sites
A crowd-sourced repository with resources in 23 languages with an emphasis on conversations within immigrant communities and families about Black Lives Matter and systemic racism
 
Following are several films/documentaries, podcasts and videoscasts.
 
Films
(Ruth Gillmore)
(through PEP-Web subscription or purchase of 24-hour video pass)
(Videocasts)
(free to stream for the month of June)
(Netflix)
 
Podcasts:
(intersectionality podcast)  
(List of race/racism related podcasts) 
 

SAY THEIR NAMES

Finally, please read and feel "A Prayer for America" (in italics below) shared by Carnella Gordon-Brown, LCSW. Winnicott said that we have to be able to feel experience "in our bones". For those of you who are not living through this, we encourage you to feel this in your bones. For those of you who are, we are committed to bearing this with you. 

Black and Unarmed and Killed by the Police…an incomplete list…This is America

Beloved William Green, 1/27/20 (Prince George’s County MD, age unknown)
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Beloved Samuel David Mallard, 1/16/20 (Cobb County GA, 19 years old)
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Beloved George Floyd, 5/25/20 (Minneapolis MN, 46 years old)
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Beloved Ahmaud Arberry, 5/12/20 (Brunswick GA, 25 years old)
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Beloved Sean Reed, 5/6/20 (Indianapolis IN, 21 years old)
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Beloved Steven Demarco Taylor, 4/18/20 (San Leandro CA, 33 years old)
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Beloved Breonna Taylor, 3/13/20 (Louisville KY, 26 years old)
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Beloved Jamee Johnson, 12/14/19 (Jacksonville FL, 22 years old)
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Beloved Michael Dean, 12/3/19 (Temple TX, 28 years old)
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Beloved Ariane McCree, 11/23/19 (Chester SC, 28 years old)
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Beloved Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 10/12/19 (Fort Worth TX, 28 years old)
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Beloved Miles Hall, 6/2/19 (San Francisco CA, 23 years old)
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Beloved Juston Landry, 1/11/19 (Lake Charles LA, 26 years old)
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Beloved Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, 11/22/18 (21 years old)
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Beloved Shem Botham Jean, 9/5/18 (Dallas TX, 26 years old)
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Beloved Antwon Rose, 6/19/18 (Pittsburgh PA, 17 years old)
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Beloved Dedorah Danner, 10/18/16 (Bronx NY, 66 years old)
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Beloved Alfred Olango, 9/27/16 (El Cajon CA, 38 years old)
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Beloved Keith Lamont Scott, 9/20/16 (Charleston NC, 43 years old)
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Beloved Terence Crutcher, 9/16/16 (Tulsa OK, 40 years old)
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Beloved Korryn Gaines, 8/1/16 (Randallstown MD, 23 years old)
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Beloved Paul O’Neal, 7/28/16 (Chicago IL, 18 years old)
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Beloved Philando Castile, 7/20/16 (Falcon Heights MN, 32 years old)
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Beloved Alton Sterling, 7/5/16 (Baton Rouge LA, 37 years old)
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Beloved Jamar Clark, 11/15/15 (Minneapolis MN, 24 years old)
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Beloved Jeremy McDole, 9/23/15 (Wilmington DE, 28 years old)
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Beloved Samuel DuBose, 7/19/15 (Cincinnati OH, 43 years old)
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Beloved Sandra Bland, 7/13/15 (Waller County TX, 28 years old)
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Beloved William Chapman, 4/22/15 (Portsmouth VA, 18 years old)
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Beloved Freddie Gray, 4/12/15-4/19/15 (Baltimore MD, 25 years old)
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Beloved Walter Scott, 4/4/15 (North Charleston SC, 50 years old)
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Beloved Eric Harris, 4/2/15 (Tulsa OK, 44 years old)
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Beloved Phillip White, 3/31/15 (Vineland NJ, 32 years old)
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Beloved Meagan Hockaday, 3/28/15 (Oxnard CA 26 years old)
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Beloved Tony Robinson, 3/6/15 (Madison WI, 19 years old)
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Beloved Jerame Reid, 12/30/14 (Bridgeton NJ, 36 years old)
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Beloved Rumain Brisbon, 12/2/14 (Phoenix AX, 34 years old)
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Beloved Tamir Rice, 11/22/14 (Cleveland OH, 12 years old)
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Beloved Akai Gurley, 11/20/14 (Brooklyn NY, 28 years old)
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Beloved Tanisha Anderson, 11/13/14 (Cleveland OH, 37 years old)
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Beloved Kajieme Powell, 8/19/14 (St. Louis MO, 25 years old)
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Beloved Ezell Ford, 8/12/14 (Florence CA, 25 years old)
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Beloved Michael Brown, 8/9/14 (Ferguson MO, 18 years old)
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Beloved John Crawford III, 8/5/14 (Beavercreek OH, 22 years old)
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Beloved Tyree Woodson, 8/3/14 (Baltimore MD, 38 years old)
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Beloved Eric Garner, 7/17/14 (New York NY, 43 years old)
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Beloved Dontre Hamilton, 4/30/14 (Milwaukee WI, 31 years old)
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Beloved Victor White III, 3/22/14 (Iberia Parish LA, 22 years old)
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Beloved Yvette Smith, 2/16/14 (Bastrop TX, 47 years old)
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Beloved McKenzie Cochran, 1/28/14 (Southfield MI, 25 years old)
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Beloved Jordan Baker, 1/16/14 (Houston TX, 26 years old)
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Beloved Andy Lopez, 10/22/13 (Santa Rosa CA, 13 years old)
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Beloved Terrance Franklin, 5/10/13 (Minneapolis MN, 22 years old)
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Beloved Miriam Carey, 10/3/13 (Washington DC, 34 years old)
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Beloved Jonathan Ferrell, 9/14/13 (Bradfield Farms NC, 24 years old)
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Beloved Eugene Jackson Jr, 7/26/13 (Austin TX, 32 years old)
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Beloved Deion Fludd, 5/5/13 (New York NY, 17 years old)
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Beloved Kimani Gray, 3/9/13 (New York, 16 years old)
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Beloved Johnnie Kamahi Warren, 12/10/12 (Dotham, AL, 43 years old)
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Malissa Williams, 11/29/12 (Cleveland OH, 30 years old)
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Timothy Russell, 11/29/12 (Cleveland OH, 43 years old)
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Beloved Rekia Boyd, 3/21/12 (Chicago IL, 22 years old)
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Beloved Reynaldo Cuevas, 9/7/12 (New York NY, 20 years old)
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Beloved Chavis Carter, 7/29/12 (Jonesboro AR, 21 years old)
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Beloved Kendrec McDade, 3/24/12 (Pasadena Ca, 19 years old)
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Beloved Shereese Francis, 3/15/12 (New York NY, 30 years old)
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Beloved Wendell Allen, 3/7/12 (New Orleans LA, 20 years old)
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Beloved Nehemiah Dillard, 3/5/12 (Gainesville FL, 29 years old)
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Beloved Dante Price, 3/1/12 (Dayton OH, 25 years old)
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Beloved Sgt Manuel Loggins Jr, 2/7/12 (Orange County CA, 31 years old)
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Beloved Ramarley Graham, 2/2/12 (New York NY, 18 years old)
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Beloved Kenneth Chamberlain, 11/19/11 (White Plains NY, 68 years old)
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Beloved Kenneth Harding, 7/16/11 (San Francisco CA, 19 years old)
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Beloved Raheim Brown, 1/22/11 (Oakland CA, 20 years old)
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Beloved Derrick Jones, 11/8/10 (Oakland CA, 37 years old)
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Aiyana Jones, 5/16/10 (Detroit MI, 7 years old)
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Beloved Steven Eugene Washington, 3/20/10 (Los Angeles CA, 27 years old)
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Beloved Aaron Campbell, 1/29/10 (Portland OR, 25 years old)
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Beloved Oscar Grant, 1/1/09 (Oakland CA, 22 years old)
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Beloved DeAunta Terrel Farrow, 7/22/7 (West Memphis AR, 12 years old)
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Beloved Sean Bell, 11/25/06 (New York NY, 23 years old)
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This is the list that I have researched.  It is not exhaustive. Here is the first unarmed Black man that I knew to have been murdered by the police: