Racism : Systematic Desensitization And Racism Essay

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Injustice: Systematic Desensitization to Racism
The history of America has long been viewed by its’s occupants as one of perseverance despite great odds. We take pride in fighting for democracy and promoting freedom around the world. But, at home these tenants of democracy, equal rights and freedom are all relative; to race, gender and class. The Bill of rights offers some insight into who we should be as a nation; while reminding us of who we have not yet become. America’s “id” has always been moderated by an “ego” cocktail of social, scientific and political activists. America is at its best when the differences between right and wrong are clearly defined by scholars, artists and scientists who can’t be ignored because of their expertise and ability to present evidence that cannot be refuted.
The result of this collective standardization of right and wrong usually leads to change for the greater American good. However, it seems that our collective “ego” cannot keep our “id” in check where racism is the primary focus. The resulting effect is pervasive systematic discrimination and individual desensitization to hate that causes a negative impact on people of color’s psychological and physiological well-being.
The psychiatric profession 's primary index for diagnosing psychiatric symptoms, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), does not include racism, prejudice, or bigotry as a category or diagnosis in its text or index. Therefore, there is
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