Friday, September 4, 2020

The American Psychological Association Goes Woke

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. The profession of psychology, represented by the American Psychological Association had gone fully woke. It has aligned itself with the Black Lives Matter movement and will henceforth engage itself fully in the war against racism and other forms of bigotry.

It pretends that this is scientific, but it is nothing more than thinly disguised scientism. Psycho professionals are no longer healers.They are now culture warriors. Considering how little they knew about healing, it is not that bad that they drop the pretense.

The APA has very little to offer against the coronavirus pandemic, so it has decided that it must cure the pandemic of racism. And that means, destroying every single institution in America, especially including the disease of capitalism.

In the end this merely tells us that the APA is a band of imbeciles. We do not need to offer much commentary. We need merely to present the organization’s own statement, beginning with this:

Police brutality may be what sparked a wave of protests across the United States and beyond, but the “racism pandemic”—a term used by APA President Sandra Shullman, PhD, for the ongoing harm caused by racism—runs far deeper. Today’s inequities, psychologists say, are deeply rooted in our past, and the status quo is no longer acceptable. “Every institution in America is born from the blood of white supremacist ideology and capitalism—and that’s the disease,” says Theopia Jackson, PhD, president of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).

The fight is not against mental illness. It is not about helping people to cope with reality. The APA is now about fighting bigotry:

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.

It’s not just about therapy. It’s about making psycho professionals and their patients into political activists.

Psychologists have a role as activists in their own local communities as well. They can make their voices heard by contacting their lawmakers, volunteering for a cause or candidate, speaking up on social media and more....

That should involve discussions among members about white privilege and white fragility, she said, referring to the discomfort many white people feel when discussing race and racism.

Along the same lines, other members urged APA’s new task force to craft guidelines on how organizations can leverage psychological insights to conduct effective anti-racism training, which is likely to be a top priority.


Anonymous said...

"Theopia," 'nuff said.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Associations and non-profits are a core part of the problem. They are in bed with the Washington Establishment, and it's how money gets circulated within the political system. It's just another financial input. They undergird the Ruling Class.

A classic example of this is the American Medical Association, the group that supposedly represents doctors nationwide. The AMA went all in for ObamaCare, which destroyed a great many private practice physician groups, by design. These types of associations and industry groups do not represent their members. They are in bed with the Ruling Class and funnel them money for favors that help the big players, not the physicians themselves.

As for the APA, there's no surprise. It's surprising it took them this long to get "woke." This blog has been an eye-opener to just how deep the rot goes in the psychology profession. While I understand that psychologists are part of the "helping professions," and a lot of practitioners would lean Left because of the deep emotion involved in their work, it's another thing for a professional association to develop an army of political activists.

Politics is destroying everything in America, and has been since at least 2000. The Obama Administration accelerated things, and the apoplexy about Trump has just made it worse. What's most pathetic is what has happened to professional sports. Sports used to be a refuge from all this ideological/philosophical mumbo-jumbo. Now look at the NBA, NFL, MLB. Ruined by the political wannabes at ESPN who have tied coverage and commentary to political activism. It's a disgrace.

urbane legend said...

I had the same thought. I immediately reprimanded my self for being judgmental.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Stuart, one topic that may be worth your consideration is something Peggy Noonan brought up several years ago about the IRS Scandal, where the IRS targeted conservative groups applying for 501(c)4 status.

As much as Noonan has drifted hopelessly Left over the years, she had a salient point in this column. She said the IRS Scandal was the first political scandal that drifted beyond the political realm and actively targeted a citizen group. Most of the time, political scandals are episodes when one political actor/group attacks another. Watergate was an example of this.

What I notice today is that the Ruling Class has declared open season on the citizenry. The non-response to the political rioting is a perfect example. Citizens have to band together in "militias" and protect gas stations. It's ridiculous. The Democrats have abdicated their responsibility to ensure law and order and the pursuit of economic happiness. Citizens are the ones who lose.

How this ties into this blog is the empathy and feelings B.S. This has nothing to do with Democrat empathy and feelings for the BLM/Antifa crowd. BLM and Antifa are engaged in violent direct action against the American Constitutional and free enterprise systems. They've been emboldened by the Democrat Party's coordinated non-response to this civil unrest, and the pitch of all this has increased to the point where we're staring at a legitimized "peaceful" movement that seeks violent revolution.

Bottom line: Democrats posture about empathy and feelings, while their political calculus is nakedly about temporal/material power. It's time to call B.S. on all this "I feel your pain" nonsense. The APA example you highlight shows how coordinated the infestation is. Their goal is to transform American society. The majority of Americans want to go to work, be with their families and build a life. The Left is completely opposed to these things. The result is that it's open season on the general citizenry -- the average American middle class -- and that is really sick. If this doesn't get called out and dealt with soon, we are in big trouble. The emotional allure of Leftist thinking is very tempting for stupid people... whom Lenin called "useful idiots."

Giordano Bruno said...

After the regime change, in original America, this entire profession will be disbanded and outlawed. Any dissent will be met with immediate exile. Most psychologists will transition to forestry and logging professions.

Eric said...

The American Psychological Association went woke a LONG time ago. They've been championing every left-wing cause since the 60's.

Anonymous said...

I feel no discomfort at all talking about race. They keep trying to say whitey doesn't want to talk about it but no one has contacted me.

urbane legend said...

Giordano Bruno said..
Most psychologists will transition to forestry and logging professions.

After years of sitting at a desk or in a comfy chair that will be a tough transition. Or is there a good reason for that drastic change, Mr. Bruno?

Giordano Bruno said...

Yes, Urbane, there is. First, they will be isolated in remote parts of the country, and most could not survive 1 hour without being watered and fed, and second, the manacles will prevents them from walking off the assignment. I took my inspiration from Mao, as did they.

n.n said...

And so it progresses. Woke and drowsy is a singular attribute of the Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic quasi-religion ("ethics") adopted by leftist regimes and ideologues throughout history.