Tuesday, August 9

The American Psychological Association apologizes for systemic racism


(CNN) — The main scientific and professional psychology organization of the country, The American Psychological Association (APA) issued a formal apology to communities of color for harming them by contributing to systemic racism.
“The American Psychological Association failed in his role of leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequalities, and harmed many through racism, racial discrimination, and denigration of people of color, thus falling short of its mission to benefit society and improve lives, “the group said in a press release.

“The APA is deeply sorry, accepts responsibility and takes responsibility for the actions and inactions of the APA itself, the discipline of psychology and the individual psychologists who have emerged as leaders of the organization and the field,” he added.

The association adopted this Friday the Sorry and two other resolutions related to racism and health equity, after being unanimously approved by its governing body.

“For the first time ever, the APA and American psychology are systematically and intentionally examining, recognizing, and charting a way forward to address their role in perpetuating racism,” said APA President Jennifer F. Kelly, in a release.

Kelly, who is also director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine, said the resolutions are part of a “long process of reconciliation and healing” and are intended to guide the association and the discipline in its advancement.

The organization said it has been complicit in systemic racism and eugenics for decades by “upholding the myth of white superiority.”

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Psychology has accepted fair complexion as the norm and “has presented other races as inferior, marginal or unnatural,” the group said.

White men created the APA in 1892, and many of them contributed to methods that perpetuated systemic racism, such as promoting eugenics, the association said.

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“Psychologists created, promoted, and administered psychological tests, intelligence tests, educational evaluations, and interventions that were standardized in white sample groups, were culturally biased, and discriminated against people of color,” the APA said.

Along with the resolutions, the APA posted a chronology from 1869 to the present detailing events, research, and practices within the field of psychology that harmed communities of color or contributed to racism.

The review was conducted by the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron at the request of the APA.

This historical review, according to the APA, shows that psychologists have created, sustained, and promoted a view of people of color as handicapped or damaged; They have used science and psychological practice to support the segregation and educational deficiency of people of color, and they have not spoken out against the framework of the government boarding schools for indigenous children in United States.

The APA said this is the first step in apologizing to communities of color and that it plans to continue to examine other forms of “destructive social hierarchies” beyond racism.

The association’s CEO was instructed to develop a long-term plan to help the group implement the goal of the resolutions, which include numerous recommendations on how psychology can be used to achieve equity in education, the justice system criminal, jobs and healthcare.

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