Is Racism a Form of Mental Illness?

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Is Racism a Form of Mental Illness?.

Sitting across from a known racist at a family party or social event can make us uncomfortable.

So run-of-the-mill racism isn’t considered a form of mental illness.

But what about extreme racism?

While Oxford psychiatrists regard extreme racism as a mental disorder, the APA thinks this designation may undermine personal responsibility.

This was a survival mechanism that in the modern world became misconstrued as certain forms of prejudice.

Most in the psychiatric community deny the idea that extreme racism in and of itself is a mental illness.

Paranoid disorder sufferers for instance might “project unacceptable feelings and ideas onto other people and groups.” Memorial in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting.

Such racism is only considered pathological when it begins to interfere with a person’s day-to-day living.

The African-American scholar has been petitioning the APA since 1969 to include extreme racism in the DSM.

Author: Philip Perry

Source: bigthink.com