APA Atones for Its Racist History

Racism has been intertwined with American psychiatry since the profession’s inception. 

Now, the American Psychiatric Association aims to make amends. It issued a public apology in January, and its annual meeting last weekend centered on equity.  

External and internal critics of the APA say this acknowledgement is overdue and insufficient.

“That’s an initial step,” says Danielle Hairston, president of the APA’s Black caucus, “but as far as real work, the A.P.A. has a long way to go.”

Progress that reformers still want to see: equity in diagnosis and treatment of Black patients, proportional representation of Black psychiatrists, and improved access to care for patients with low incomes.

The New York Times

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