This really rang some bells for me; having been the victim of several serious racist attacks and countless minor ones, I have experienced the virtual dismissal of therapists who quite simply do not think the issue serious. To be traumatized and depressed by being a victim is apparently less important these days than assigning illness to the violent oppressor. We are told we are making a fuss about nothing while the oppressors are offered sympathy.
If white commentators start to come to a consensus that racism is a mental illness, I think we should counter with – ‘No, denying racism is the mental illness, racism is culturally endemic.’
by Maira Butt
The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for what he has done. And as always, we think, why does this same level of sympathy and empathy not translate to any for brown and black people? For any non-white, person of colour?
At the same time we are flaccidly unsurprised. Yet the gall with which the double-standards are being applied is becoming increasingly explicit, if it wasn’t so already. Dylan Roof decked out in a bulletproof vest was…
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