The woke capture of our long-standing institutions continues unabated. The American Psychological Association’s president said this week that the United States is currently in the middle of battling a “racism pandemic” that requires the help and attention of mental health professionals throughout the country. In a conversation with Theopia Jackson of the Association of Black Psychologists (which exists for some reason), APA President Sandra Shullman did her best to convince the nation that her organization is as woke as possible.
“We are living in a racism pandemic, which is taking a heavy psychological toll on our African American citizens,” Shullman said. “The health consequences are dire. Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Moreover, the stress caused by racism can contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other physical diseases.
“The impact of these repeated horrific incidents is inflicting trauma on the broader African American community,” she continued. “Research shows, for example, that compared with whites, blacks feel more negative stereotype threats and more racial profiling when interacting with the police.”
Note that Shullman cannot prove that blacks are actually subject to these threats or profiling, she can only say that they “feel” that they are. But of course, in an era where we are to take “lived experience” as the proper alternative to data and real science, we’re expected to treat this with the ultimate in seriousness.
In a statement, the APA said they’re on a mission to address racism.
“APA is addressing the issue on three levels: by broadly communicating psychological science on bias and racism, including through media interviews, blogs and podcasts; by developing actionable recommendations through an APA Presidential Task Force related to racial disparities in policing and police-citizen encounters, particularly related to the Black community; and by working to dismantle institutional racism over the long term, including within APA and the field of psychology,” the APA wrote.
If the APA really wanted to do some good, they would examine the outlandish national reaction to the George Floyd incident, the disturbing idea of defunding the police, and the narratives that find racism hiding behind every corner of the grocery store. It is in the very wokeness that they are endorsing that they would find enough mental illness to keep them busy for the rest of the decade.
But when the arsonists are in charge of the fire investigation, you can’t expect much in the way of progress.