Psychology has been elevating attention to racism and has the opportunity to counter the pervasive and damaging effects of racism. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky, Professor Emerita of the New England PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, has recently co-authored the book Anti-Black Racism in Contemporary America (Cognella Academic Publishing) with Sam Steen, Kaye W. Cole.
Featuring chapters written by interdisciplinary scholars, Anti-Black Racism in Contemporary America helps readers identify anti-Black racism and internalized White cultural practices, processes, and procedures that cause harm to Black individuals and African Americans.
The opening chapter addresses societal racism and explores how it causes institutional racial disparities across various systems. Additional chapters propose a more racially appropriate framework for educating Black children; examine protests of Black male and female athletes and the effects of racism on sport at all levels; and address the disempowerment of Black people in the election process. The book addresses the counseling process with Black clients, speaks to the right of Black parents to raise their children, and underscores the importance of protecting the integrity of Black families.
PsyD alumni Ashland Thompson and Michael Goddard have a chapter in this book. They worked on their article when they were research assistants for Roysircar-Sodowsky.
Anti-Black Racism in Contemporary America is part of the Cognella Series on Advances in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. The series, co-sponsored by Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, addresses critical and emerging issues within culture, race, and ethnic studies, as well as specific topics among key ethnocultural groups.