Sunday, October 22, 2017

Comments by twistthespine

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  • It’s true that we’re talking about just two individuals in this particular instance. But I think that a lot of their ideas cone from a rich and multi-century history of attempts by black folks to grapple with their place in this country and how to move forward against the legacy (and current reality) of racism. I don’t want to speak for them, and I hope they’ll chime in if they want. But these two people don’t exist in isolation, and it seems to me that they speak based on not just their own experiences but also from the experiences of the communities they belong to.

  • I think you make a great point that psychiatry was a part of the enslavement of people of African descent in this country. Although I can’t speak for them, I think the authors of this post would agree 100% that racism is deeply, deeply embedded in the psychiatric system. This makes it even more important that the needs of black people (who are more likely to have a family history of slavery) are prioritized in this movement. And it seems pretty clear to me that they’re asking you to stop using that term.

    The fact that psychiatry was part of enforcing slavery shows that people of color and white people have NEVER been treated the same within psychiatry, and that psychiatry has ALWAYS reflected and reinforced other power structures that exist within society. In my opinion, this makes it even more important that our movement be allied with all other movements against societal injustice, especially anti-racism.

  • You insist that slavery and racism are separate concepts, but the voices of multiple black people in this article (people who surely, through lived experience, know more about racism than you) explicitly state that they see the two things as linked. Can you see how this could make it look like you’re more concerned with your own viewpoint than with listening to the needs of people of color?

  • I’d be interested to hear more from you about how “sjw” viewpoints strike you as lacking in compassion or sensitivity. I personally feel as if I’ve come to my viewpoints (which pretty closely match this blog post) through having a great deal of compassion for those facing the harshest challenges in our society.

  • As a former resident of the DC area, it’s interesting to me that you think of northern Virginia as a fairly unsegregated area. I just checked on the demographics and the region is only 11% black, as opposed to the almost entirely black (and extremely poverty-stricken) areas just across the river in southeast DC.

    I also wonder if you’ve considered that people of color simply aren’t bringing concerns about racism to you? From the sounds of it you’ve already solidly made up your mind on this issue, and I know that personally I’m more likely to approach people about sensitive subjects if I know they have an open mind.