华盛顿 — As part of the nation’s historic reckoning on racism, the American Psychological Association has apologized to communities of color for its role—和 the role of the 纪律 of psychology—in contributing to systemic racism.
The association’s governing Council of Representatives adopted an 道歉 在十月的会议上. 29, acknowledging that 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 “failed in its role leading the 纪律 of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, 和 hurt many through racism, 种族歧视, 和 denigration of communities of color, thereby falling short on its mission to benefit society 和 improve lives.”
“美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会深表歉意, 接受责任, 和 owns the actions 和 inactions of 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 itself, the 纪律 of psychology, 和 individual psychologists who stood as leaders for the organization 和 field,道歉声明说.
该决议, 它通过一致, acknowledges that “the governing body within 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 should have apologized to people of color before today. 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会, 还有很多威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978家, have long considered such an 道歉, but failed to accept responsibility.”
The 道歉 credits a broad cross-section of 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会’s members, including elected 和 appointed leaders, for bringing the 道歉 to communities of color to fruition. The effort included soliciting public comments 和 conducting listening sessions 和 surveys. The work was spearheaded by the 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 Task Force on Strategies to Eradicate Racism, 歧视, 和 Hate 和 its five-member Apology Advisory Subcommittee, composed of eminent psychologists who were chosen for their knowledge 和 expertise.
At the same meeting, the Council of Representatives adopted two additional resolutions, one delineating 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会’s 和 psychology’s role going forward in dismantling systemic racism in the United States 和 the other pledging to work to advance health equity in psychology. The former directs 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会’s CEO to develop a long-term plan to prioritize, operationalize 和 ensure accountability for achieving the goals identified in the resolution. This is to be presented to the Council by August 2022.
“这是第一次, 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 和 American psychology are systematically 和 intentionally examining, acknowledging 和 charting a path forward to address their roles in perpetuating racism,” said 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 President Jennifer F. 凯利博士. “These resolutions are just the first steps in a long process of reconciliation 和 healing. This important work will set the path for us to make real change 和 guide the association 和 psychology moving forward.”
In offering the 道歉 for the harms committed, “美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 acknowledges that recognition 和 道歉 only ring true when accompanied by action; by not only bringing awareness of the past into the present but in acting to ensure reconciliation, 修复, 和更新,决议指出. “We st和 committed to purposeful intervention, 并确保美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会, 威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978领域, 和 individual psychologists are leaders in benefiting society 和 improving lives.”
The three resolutions just adopted all build on Harnessing Psychology to Combat Racism: Adopting a Uniform Definition 和 Underst和ing (PDF, 95 kb), a resolution the Council passed in February 2021. That was a definitional resolution on racism that provided guidance to psychologists 和 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 to consider four levels of racism—internalized, 人际关系, 机构, 和 structural—in their efforts to counter racism within individuals 和 across societal systems. It also instructed 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会 to “undertake an analysis of psychology’s history, with the goal of underst和ing the harms that marginalized racial groups have experienced 和 the actions necessary to create a 更多的 equitable, 多样化的, 和包容的协会, 纪律, 社会在向前发展.”
The three resolutions were accompanied by a chronology of the long history of psychology’s 和 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会’s harms to communities of color, which served as a resource to inform 美国威尼斯城所有登入网址vns85978协会’s work on the 道歉 和 the path forward.