Bearing Black

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Bell, D. 2013. Bearing Black. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. 5 (1), pp. 122-125.
AuthorsBell, D.
Abstract

In this essay I critically examine the idea of race in light of the killing of Trayvon Martin, an
African-American unarmed teenager, in Florida in February 2012. I utilize ideas from liberation
psychology, including psychic colonization, and depth psychology, including cultural complex, to
explore the racialized black as a colonized, traumatized other. I also use my autoethnographic
experience (as a Jamaican who now lives in the United States) to discuss how identities built on
race are a source of suffering both when we make others black and when we are made black.
Bearing black robs us of the possibility of our humanity. Throughout, I ask several questions
about sustaining race as a sociological idea if we truly intend to dismantle racism. I invite us to
reconsider race in light of an instance where Rastafarians, a small group of Afro-Jamaicans who
express profound race consciousness, determine their own image, not only as black, and as a
form of resisting white supremacy.

KeywordsTrayvon Martin; race; psychic colonization; cultural complex; cultural resistance
JournalJournal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology
Journal citation5 (1), pp. 122-125
ISSN2159-8142
Year2013
PublisherDepartment of Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://www.psysr.org/jsacp/Bell-v5n1-13_122-125.pdf
Publication dates
Print22 Mar 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Feb 2017
Copyright information© 2013. This is an open access article published by the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.
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