Behavior: White Hang-Up

Whites invented psychology and psychiatry, and occasionally put them to what they thought was good use in probing the psyches of blacks. Today there are enough black professionals to turn the tables, and many of them treat white patients in both public institutions and private practice.* In both areas they have a unique opportunity to examine Whitey's hang-ups about blacks—his guilt, his insecurities and the rationalizations by which he tries to justify his racism.

American ambivalence toward blacks dates back most signally to Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the credo that men are created free...

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