ERIC Number: ED043903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-8
Reference Count: 0
Me and Thee. Symposium: Some Perspectives on Working with the Disadvantaged in an Urban Mental Health Program.
This paper first presents a historical perspective of the disadvantaged minority, using black people as an example. The following section presents a clinical perspective of the psycho-social characteristics of this group. These characteristics are laden with some accuracies and many fallacies: (1) the fallacy of wisdom belonging to whites; (2) the belief that ability will be rewarded with success, while the disadvantaged are concerned with survival; (3) the fallacy of white beauty; (4) the belief that the disadvantaged are becoming more powerful by expressing themselves; and (5) the fallacy that middle class Americans are present and future oriented, while the disadvantaged are present oriented and think in terms of immediate gratification. The author feels that at present the Model Cities program has turned into a fraud based upon a revolution of expectancy and is yielding false hopes. Only through unification will the blacks and browns succeed in altering this oppressive and dehumanizing culture. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970