Articles and links about BLM

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An article from the Guardian on racism in the Police Force:  I'm an ex-officer. The Met police today looks and feels as racist as it was before Macpherson. In the last 4 years home secretaries have had a `light touch` in holding constabularies and police federations to the recommendations to control institutional racism, resulting in a disproportionate use of force on BAME citizens and an intolerant work culture for BAME police officers.  

A helpful article by Peggy McIntosh -  White Privilege - Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Dr McIntosh of Wellesley College in the USA explores what she could do to lessen the unconscious embedded oppression she feels she gives off as a white person, having realised she`s been taught not to see it.  She regards her advantage as a white person as an unearned asset.

APP Annual Lecture 1 Oct – Racism and its Implications for Healthcare and Psychotherapy

APP primary care seminar 7 Nov – Pride or Prejudice?

An interview with Dr. Leslie Brissett on Leadership and Race. Dr Brissett discusses the myths and prejudices of black leadership, concluding that our thinking, stuck in the 1920s, needs to change in the light of the huge trajectory from slave to boss.  He advises young black people to talk to white people, to read extensively, concluding that everything is opinion and there is no truth, so they need to develop their own views and do whatevery they do well.

A television programme about an attempt to tackle racism in  schools.   Through two episodes we see 11-12-year olds from multi-racial Glenthorne High School in south London undergo 3 weeks of affinity training using an American programme to ascertain their unconscious racial bias. Initially biased towards white people, the class learns about white power, slavery, prejudice and stereotyping.  A class debate was won by the team who considered the UK to be racist but at the end of the course the children themselves were significantly less biased towards white people and were close to being neutral.  


Racial & Social Inequalities in Times of COVID - a position paper issued by the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology. 

Black Psychoanalysts Speak - a documentary produced by PEP-Web and the American Psychoanalytic Association.   A discussion between black and Jewish psychoanalysts about the tensions within the profession, raising the question of `otherness` and of the suffering experienced by those affected.  They point to the fact that just 0.7% of psychoanalysts in the US are black, meeting the needs of only 5% of the population.  The predominantly white psychoanalysts deal mainly with individual, family-related problems and fail to address the bigger picture; they don`t have the language to talk about race, ethnicity, class or gender. 

David Oyelowo describes his experiences of racism as a black actor.

  • Actor David Oyelowo considers his father`s past, his own life and the future his children might have as black people.  He considers himself to be an optimist but believes things are essentially the same as they have been for years and we should all build on the current momentum to change them. 

An article by Gary Younge, on Civil Rights Murders first published fifteen years ago.

  • In an updated article originally written in 2005, Guardian journalist Gary Younge discusses the now-famous murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi 40 years ago in context with other Southern black murders which have more recently been re-examined; but there is still racism.

Signing Off article

  • Guardian columnist Gary Younge signs off from the newspaper after 26 years with a look back at the paths he and other successful people of colour have trodden, reflecting on the positive lessons for life his mother taught him in times as seemingly without hope as our own. 

An article from the Washington Post.

A link to an article about Jane Fonda's response to the protests in America. 

  • Activist and actor Jane Fonda believes that the current racial unrest may be a turning point for greater understanding of the lives of black people, that there is hope for real change.

video to watch.  

  • On America`s The Daily Show Trevor Noah discusses how COVID-19 has exposed how bad the lives of black people really are, everyday.  He includes constructive comments on the principles of how society should work for everyone.

An open letter from a restaurant review site. 

  • CEO of international restaurant review site states unequivocally their stand against racism, systematic injustice, police brutality and white supremacy, at the same time acknowledging their own shortfalls and outlining plans to rectify them. 

Muhammed Ali on Institutionalised Racism (Michael Parkinson 1971)

  • Incisive and amusing excerpt from an interview with Muhammed Ali by television chat show host Michael Parkinson on his perception of the status of the black man at the time of the Nixon presidency.  

A recent news item from the Guardian.  

  • Black nurse Naomi Bennett`s story of her conviction for obstructing the police for refusing to get out of her car when asked to do so.  Watch the video for the police officer's Freudian slip.  


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