Apologies I meant to point this out last week. In this thread I questioned the attention given to ‘institutional racism’ as a concept let alone a problem; to me it is as absurd a statement to make as ‘political correctness gone mad’. The danger with resorting to labels to define problems rather than honestly examining the issues at hand is you may end up doing more harm than good. Newsnight covered the issue of ‘institutional racism and mental health’ and its well worth a look.
“He was really at risk getting hurt because of the illness that he had, and the tribunal discharged him”, she says. “I don’t know what was going on in their minds other than they were too scared of thinking that they might be being racist towards him.”
Dr Smith, herself a black woman, believes psychiatry needs to focus less on internal racism and more on helping deal with the real causes of mental illness out in the community.
“Let’s do something about those factors that increase the likelihood of people becoming unwell in this way,” she says. “Let’s do something about that.”
Thats pretty much the same sentiment I was trying to raise with my example of a girl crying in despair at Heathrow.
Sunny adds: Benedict had something interesting on this recently too.
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