Black Book Talk on 08/01/13

Black Book Talk
Air date: 
Thu, 08/01/2013 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Psychologist Earl Bracy discusses racism's effect on the psyche

Dr. Earl Bracy -- a Vietnam War era combat medic, practicing clinical psychologist, and author of Too Young to Die: Inner-City Adolescent Homicides and The Making of a Psychologist -- has endured prejudice and discrimination the likes of which many Americans, black and white, will never know.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, as a young boy, Dr. Bracy fell prey to the outright bigotry and hatred that was characteristic of the area in the 1950’s and 1960’s – and ultimately overcame it in order to help others rise above similar traumas.

In The Making of a Psychologist addresses these harsh realities:

  • While people of color make up about 30% of the U.S. population, they account for over 60% of those imprisoned.
  • The war on drugs has been waged primarily in communities of color, where people of color are statistically significantly more likely to receive harsher offenses.
  • According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in every 3 black men will go to prison at some point in his life.


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