"Since they usually come from the same type of background as most white Americans, many white…"
“Since they usually come from the same type of background as most white Americans, many white therapists likely harbor negative and stereotypical views of African Americans, and thus of their African American patients. These negative stereotypes can affect the health care black Americans receive. In a survey of practicing psychiatrists, Doris Wilkinson found that “cultural conditioning to racial beliefs and attitudes . . . pervades therapeutic contexts in which minority women are clients.”
Racial stereotypes among medical practitioners often stem from hoary societal stereotypes and centuries-old myths, some of which may be linked to scientific racism and its notions of biological “races.” Physicians who accept any of these old stereotypes, even unconsciously, are likely to communicate some negative feelings in their verbal or nonverbal behavior, thereby causing many black patients to withhold the kind of self-disclosure that is necessary for effective psychotherapy. Doing so may cause them to be labeled as “noncompliant,” which is a further stigma provided by the mental health care profession.
Some researchers have found that, for African Americans, psychotherapy with a white caregiver often leads to “unhealthful consequences.” In addition, diagnostic tests themselves are sometimes racially biased and thereby elevate the observed rates of certain types of mental illness for black Americans.
Indeed, most diagnostic measures for mental illness, which are routinely used to assess the mental health of African Americans, have been validated only for whites. A white standard of “normal” is usually taught to, and used by, therapists. Yet, the subcultural norms for what is “normal” and “abnormal” behavior are sometimes different for blacks and whites.”
Joe Feagin and Karyn D. McKinney, The Many Costs of Racism (via wretchedoftheearth)
i refuse to get therapy with white people and it’s fucked because i need the help but the last white woman i saw didn’t even know the term angry black woman. how can you treat a group of people you don’t even know the common stereotypes and shit they face? and thing is, you know it, you old white bitch. you know that stereotype, you’ve treated plenty of black women like that in your past i’m sure. to her, it’s not that serious and i’m not really depressed and she basically dismissed me like make an appointment whenever. while i’m bawling. ugh. so true.
check this, the youth in DSS/foster care/juvee pipeline, their therapists tend to be pink suburban people who have only seen black people in gangster movies on tv and believe the world is postracial, so all they do is fucking victimblame, gaslight and essentially re-traumatize the children and add more woes, …children who are mainly black, latino and native american. the school of psychology currently reinforces abuse culture, and colonialism. it does nothing to dismantle those cycles but rather ensures they continue.
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