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Imagine If Oppressed Blacks Were in Therapy, Says Instawife

by Christopher Chantrill
May 09, 2006 at 11:33 am

WHAT DOES A psychologist think when she encounters the thought of Shelby Steele, author of The Content of Our Character, The Dream Deferred, and now White Guilt?

Psychologist Dr. Helen Smith, the Instawife, takes a look at the black power/white guilt dynamic that was the precipitate of the civil rights revolution. The victim politics of race victimhood, if practiced by psychologists on their patients, would be malpractice.

[I]f psychologists spent their time telling their patients they were victims of mental illness (or racism etc.) and that they could only get better by coming to therapy, how could the patient ever develop autonomy, skills, and the ability to solve their own problems? It is the same with the race card on the part of the left -- victimhood will keep blacks maintained in the status quo, always looking to the left for validation and to enforce their "rights."

The politics of race is a destructive game that keeps its victims in permanent victimhood. All parties to this political game have abandoned. their moral authority. The

left has turned against democratic principles and instead engages in a victim mentality for blacks that keeps them on the plantation. The left's deal is that they will keep throwing out a few bones like affirmative action, as long as blacks will allow themselves to be reduced to their race and the left can take moral authority for "helping" them. As Steele points out, this is a deal with the devil.

One fine day, one fine spring day, the ice jam on the river of race, the liberal discourse of oppression and victimhood, will break up. It will be a sight to see.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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