Study Group
Facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD
Part I: White Privilege, White Fragility and the Transmission of Racism
4 Tuesdays
October 13 - December 1, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Zoom Presentation
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The Black Lives Matter movement has again drawn national attention to African Americans subjected to violence by white perpetrators, vigilantes, and police officers. While the current sociopolitical climate has fueled the divisiveness in the U.S., racism has been present since the time of slavery, with unconscious attitudes, conscious biases, and systemic social contributions. This study group will explore these issues in the community and treatment settings. The group will consider 2 contemporary bestsellers, The New Jim Crow and White Fragility; the documentary film Black Psychoanalysts Speak; and a variety of psychoanalytic journal articles that examine racism and its roots. The study group will consist of 3 parts: Part I about White privilege and fragility, as well as the dynamics of prejudice and racism; Part II about the legacy of slavery and African-American trauma; and Part III about how these issues may unfold in psychoanalytic treatment and supervision. Separate registration is required for each Part of the series, and enrollment is limited. Journal articles will be emailed to participants.

  1. Define White privilege.
  2. Give an example of White privilege.
  3. Define White fragility.
  4. Give an example of White fragility.
  5. Explain how White people view whiteness.
  6. Describe how slavery is imbedded in the collective unconscious of White people.
  7. Describe the social and intrapsychic transmission of racism.
  8. Identify 2 psychological processes in the intergenerational transmission of racist attitudes.
October 13, 2020
DiAngelo, R. (2018). White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About-----Racism. Boston: Beacon.

November 3, 2020
Parker, R. (2019). Slavery in the White psyche. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 26: 84-103.
Altman, N. (2006). Whiteness. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75: 45-72. 
November 17, 2020
Straker, G. (2004). Race for cover: Castrated whiteness, perverse consequences. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14: 405-422.

Layton, L. (2006). Racial identities, racial enactments, and normative unconscious processes. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75: 237-269.

December 1, 2020
Moss, D. (2001). On hating in the first person plural: Thinking psychoanalytically about racism, homophobia, and misogyny. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 49: 1315-1334.

Dalal, F. (2006). Racism: Processes of detachment, dehumanization, and hatred. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75: 131-161.

JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Austin treating culturally and racially diverse individuals, couples, and families. She completed training in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. In 2016, she put together a panel for Austin Psychoanalytic and presented a paper about the legacy of school desegregation. The program was open to the community and presented in the auditorium at a public library in historically Black east Austin. That same year, JoAnn presented a paper about racism in society and clinical practice as part of a panel at the national Division 39 Spring Meeting.
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