Culturally Speaking: Challenging assumptions About Culture, Race, and Mental Health
Monnica T Williams Ph.D.
Understanding the Problem
What is Whiteness?
Whiteness in Western society confers advantages, such as status and power, but it also comes at the expense of others. It can be hard to understand what Whiteness is really about.
Are Racial Microaggressions Really Harmful?
A study finds that psychological harm due to racial microaggressions are real and not explained by the personality trait called neuroticism.
Racism Hides Behind the Small Things People Say and Do
Research finds that White students that engage in microaggressions are more likely to have racist attitudes.
Can a White Person Understand the Black Experience?
If you are a White person in America, it can be hard to imagine that someone else could be living a completely different experience. Why is it so hard to ask the difficult questions?
What Color is Racism
People may be discriminated due to race, shade of their skin (colorism), or both. Black women are in a triple bind. Society confers unspoken rewards on lighter-skinned Black women.
Why People Cling to Racist Ideas
Racism is alive and well in American society and may even target successful people of color.
Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism
The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about people of color that we shouldn’t see or talk about.
7 Ways Non-Black People of Color Perpetuate Anti-Blackness
It’s well-known that the common enemy among communities of color is white supremacy. Due to the wide-reaching impacts of institutionalized white supremacy, many communities of color fail to examine their own problematic behavior towards each other, especially towards the Black community.
Black Lives Matter: Are Indian Americans Guilty of Silence?
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people, said Martin Luther King, Jr
From a Black College Student in Germany: It’s Traumatic
The killing of George Floyd is felt around the world.
Social Media and Black Bodies as Entertainment
I don’t need to see George Floyd die on camera. I already know it’s horrible. These depictions can be traumatic for people of color.
The Link Between Racism and PTSD
The experience of trauma extends beyond the news to everyday challenges Black people face with omnipresent racism, leading to race-based stress and trauma.
Take Action for Change
You’ve Committed a Microaggression-Now What?
When someone you know says you’ve committed a microaggression, you may feel shock, hurt, or embarrassment-or all of the above. Now what do you do? Learning how to respond with skill and grace can repair ruptures.
Connecting: Forging Real Relationships with People of Color
Are you a White person that wants to combat racism? Use the science of social connection to make your own world a less White place. Deliberately connect with people of color.
Anti-Racist Action and Becoming Part of the Solution
For many well-intention White people, it is easy to slip into despair and passivity when it comes to taking action on social issues related to racism.
Exploring our own Stereotypes and Biases
It is natural to want to deny our own biases, but trying to suppress negative thoughts doesn’t work. The good news is that you can have thoughts without being guided by them.
Learning the New Language of Racism
Language influences how we feel and how we react to things. Language is the foundation of change. Rather than avoid or deny, we need to start learning.
Accepting Difficult Emotions Surrounding Race
We all need to get better at accepting, rather than avoiding, difficult feelings. Anti-racism action requires embracing the discomfort.
What Well-Intentioned White People can do About Racism
A new civil right movement is happening with racial justice at its core. The movement has a new language and for many White people this language is foreign.
Proactively Coping with Racism
For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.
Confronting a Toxic Racial Climate
A negative racial environment can be costly , resulting in high turnover, discrimination lawsuits, and even forced resignations. What can be done?
Non-Black People of Color Need to Start Having Conversations About the Anti-Blackness in our Communities
A guide to starting anti-racist conversations with friends and family.
Dear White People and Non-Black People of Color: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
When it comes to the work needed to advance racial equity, there is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone, says Elicia Gonzales, the executive director of the Women’s Medical Fund.