Race Relations in America

Are We Addicted to Racism? Dr. Imani Michelle Scott on How to Heal Racial Conflict in 21st Century America       
by VERGE Staff | Influence and Culture | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Imani Michelle Scott Are we addicted to Racism

What are the consequences of living in a perpetual racist society? Do you believe that all Americans have a responsibility in working towards the long-needed healing process in the affairs between blacks and whites in this country?

If you’ve ever considered these questions in an honest and sympathetic way, then you may want to read the new book entitled “Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?” by Dr. Imani Michelle Scott

According to Dr. Scott, who is a scholar, consultant, practitioner, and specialist in the areas of human communication, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution, the chronically deep psychic pains and traumatic social injuries associated with centuries of racism and racial conflict in America cannot be healed with repeated, temporary responses brought on by acute social occurrences. For example, by the wounding or killing of unarmed African Americans, by protests against racial injustice, or by racially-charged acts and inflammatory rhetoric. 

Instead, what Scott proposes is the implementation of a novel approach to healing the nation through a non-conventional, co-created Truth, Reconciliation, and Peace Process (TRPP). 

 “Even people who don’t want to be racist, who don’t want to have racist views, it’s so deeply embedded, it’s almost impossible to fight off that negativity, because it is so deeply embedded in our psyches," explains Scott. "I think we need to focus on being the best we can be, and I think we need to be ‘home of the brave,’ because it takes courage to say, I was wrong, it takes courage to say we need to fix this, it’s not right. It takes a lot of courage to do that.” 

This newly released book has been described as a call to action to heal the strongholds of racism and racial conflict in 21st century America and offers an unprecedented examination into enduring racial disparities and tension in the U.S. 

This book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to:

Understand the sources of perpetual racial conflict, disparity, and hatred in the United States,

Recognize the social injuries of exposure to centuries of racism,

Move America towards the greater fulfillment of social justice and healthy interracial relationships, and

Improve America's international standing as a peace-building nation truly committed to human rights within its own borders.

Through in-depth explorations of historical and contemporary circumstances that suggest a national "addiction" to racism, the book argues that all Americans have a responsibility in working towards the long-needed healing process between blacks and whites in the country. It also challenges the U.S. Congress to act on its 2008 and 2009 apologies to African Americans by implementing and committing to a series of nation-wide initiatives as part of a Truth, Reconciliation and Peace Process (TRPP).

The contributors to this work present varied perspectives and discussions on American history, politics, philosophy, and 21st-century psycho-social conditions as they relate to historical and contemporary oppression, social injustice, and racism.  

"Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free:
 Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?" allows readers to grasp the serious challenges at hand, and directs them towards recognizing the potential for conflict transformation and reconciliation to begin resolving America's race-related social dysfunction.

Photo caption and credit: Dr. Imani Michelle Scott, author and editor of the book, "Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free:
 Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?" 



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