The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP) condemns the targeted and murderous shootings that ended the lives of eight people, six of them Asian women in the Atlanta area March 16. While the country debates whether such methodical carnage qualifies as “Hate Crime,” WCSPP—a New York area training institute for mental health practitioners—joins the groundswell of protest and outrage over this most recent, hideous display of what racism does. WCSPP stands in solidarity with all those who decry and deplore racism in all its forms.
It is our mission as psychoanalysts and as citizens of the world to combat discrimination and hatred of any and all kind. The events of last week are all too reminiscent of the murder last summer of George Floyd and of the countless less familiar and forgotten names of black lives lost to racist violence before and since. WCSPP continues its strongest efforts to build a psychoanalytic community whose values support inclusivity, safety and equality for all.