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Scapegoating, Stereotyping, & Projecting Won’t Make Us Safer

Violence in the aftermath of trauma can come in many forms, including psychologically. Let’s exercise our ethical responsibility to prevent scapegoating, stereotyping, and projecting. Read More


Thank you David for such rich and important commentary.

Many people with autism will be just as frightened returning to schools all over the country tomorrow- and with the added weight of potential stereotyping and additional marginalization. Thank you for standing up to this group; especially for the non-verbal folks with autism who could never bring out what you just have.


Lisa: Your words ring out with experience and compassion. I hadn't seen, in my mind's eye, the 'people with autism frightened to go to school' and I hadn't been mindful of my privilege to be verbal. Thank you for your enlightening words. Much respect, David

Stereotyping and scapegoating

If my Facebook feed is any indication, a lot of people have glommed onto Lanza's autism, more or less blaming his behavior on that condition. In fact, it's rather breathtaking how quickly public opinion has moved in that direction. So thank you for doing your part to correct this misperception.

I think the problem is bigger, too. Gun control opponents are stereotyping NRA-oriented folks who believe our streets would be safer with more guns, labeling them "gun nuts" and worse. It's an unfair mischaracterization.

It reminds me of the days after 9/11, when even some of gentlest souls I know were calling for genocidal retaliation against the entire middle east. The anger was understandable,!

Thanks to political correctness, the overt language of racism and gender bias has been removed from our discourse, but we are still as prone to labeling and judging as ever. It's as if when the civil rights movement ameliorated some of the big injustices, it exposed the limitations of the underlying operating system. With luck, maybe the next few decades will be looked back on as the time when we evolved in this crucial area. :)

Stereotyping and Scapegoating

Hey Joel:

Yes, the polarizations need processing - guns vs no guns, oppositions regarding race, etc. That way both sides of the conversation can deepen and allow a more sustainable resolution. For now, in the public square, this process happens over time, sometimes years and generations. In this way "correctness" and legislation is a step as is the backlash afterwards.

i agree - correctness is not a sustainable solution but embedded in the impulse to be correct is a kind of empathy or desire to not assault another. It is this impulse that has merit and sometimes lessens some of the harm done perhaps the way we lessen harm by stopping someone from implementing an intention to injure - the intention is still there festering but the injury might be prevented. But when we have a more powerful container, one where there is real awareness and facilitation, we can take off the gloves and get to a better place.

I also agree about the civil rights movement. MLK was deeply pained and powerfully depressed when he confronted the folks up north who were nicer to his face but were still profoundly racist in their hearts. In many ways he found this more difficult than the more blatant racism in the south.

stay strong, keep thinking, David

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David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, graduated from Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law. He is the author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology. more...

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