Psychology Today’s Damage Control

Any reasoning person would know that after such an inflammatory article as the one mentioned in one of last week’s posts was published, there would be backlash. Whether by reports on Kanazawa in danger of losing his job and credibility, or Black male journalists coming to our defense, we all knew that this article would get its due attention.

We also knew that there would be damage control. Psychology Today published this article shortly after taking down the infamous one, and although what Nathan Heflick says is nice and all, this question still looms heavily in the air: why couldn’t an article similar to what Heflick wrote have been posted first on the PT website? Why did the first destructive article have to be posted, for PT to post a counter-attack?

Does there need to be a reason why an article on our beauty and grace should be posted? Does there really need to be? Of course not, but the way I see it, this situation is comparable to a four-way stop without a traffic sign. It isn’t until someone dies that the city/government sees the need to put up a traffic light or stop sign. This is, of course, reactive, and not proactive.

So why must there be something negative preceding a positive acknowledgement of black women? There really does seem to be a war against us, doesn’t it? Does it mean that we’re getting closer to where we want to be, and quite frankly, there are people who just don’t want us to get there? If we are already the lowliest of women on this planet, why attack us? Why be threatened? Because the opposite is true…we are threatening. And we are on the rise. What’s more, is that slimy, hateful scum of humanity like Kanazawa and Psychology Today’s editors can’t stop us.

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12 thoughts on “Psychology Today’s Damage Control

  1. I have to agree with you. Not only was this “damage control” weak in tone, but they used a picture of Tyra Banks as “proof” that black women are beautiful. As beatiful and admirable as Tyra is, she has physical features that aren’t typical of the average nlack woman. We come in all shades, body types and backgrounds and a of them should be celebrated. India Arie, Angie Stone, CCH Pounder, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Heather Headley, are more examples of that variety, though there are countless others. I think the true fear lies in recognizing beauty that is out of the ordinary and real. We all should be celebrated.

  2. AMEN and Amen!………..We ARE the beginning of all mankind as I stated before and for centuries have been made to feel like we are less than nothing (as a collective). But somehow, we are beginning to regain what was STOLEN from us and we SEE NOW where our place ALWAYS WAS and we are reaching for it in earnest now. Why do you think people hated on Oprah so much when she built that school in Africa? Huh. It’s because she went back to the land where EVERYTHING began to educate it’s female population. A woman is what makes this world go round, but an educated BLACK woman who has drive AND PURPOSE and KNOWS HER WORTH………the world just may not be able to contain us all. This is what some people see and try with all their might to stop, but we are God’s children (my opinion) who beget all of God’s children. Can you imagine planting those seeds of love, knowledge, purpose, self worth, dignity, honor, respect, integrity and true power into those children generation after generation? Those of us who have lost our way are finally seeing the light within again. Who we TRULY are can/will no longer be denied…..just can’t.

  3. For centuries, black women have been looked down upon and “put on the back burner” in terms of their place in society. You’re so right, black women are a threat to many…especially to men! Even some black men are intimidated by their “sistas'” strength. There’s something intriguing to men in general about the black woman; but yet, at the same time, she’s taboo. Back in slavery times, slave masters and other white men would lust after the slave women, even some times to the point of raping them or carrying on secret “never to be spoken of” affairs with them. However, in some cases, time (specifically 9 months) would tell the secret.

    But going back to the article, yes, black women ARE on the rise, and it DOES intimidate many. Unfortunately, in this society, black women may always be viewed as “secondhand” to white women and some other minorities. Largely responsible for such ignorance, is the media! So, we as black women have to decide whether we’re gonna just lay down and be “classed”, or if instead, we’re gonna stand strong, be resilient, and continue to manifest our strength, value, and place in society.

  4. PT may be trying to some real damage control, as Justin Timberlake sung in Cry Me A River “the damage is done” and far as I’m concerned, they mean nothing to me.There has always been a war against Black people since slavery and probably much earlier than that. This is all about racial superiority and power struggle.
    As many AMBW blogs as well as some others have said, the problem with Kanazawa was that as a minority Asian man, he had to make himself look good and to supposedly be more accepted in White society. What was a good way in doing that…downing another minority group who he felt was “below” him and in this case, he harbored his ignorance on Black people.

    No matter how much PT tries to make themselves make this look like a mistake, I will never buy it. I’m quite sure that their commentaries has to be edited before being posted. They could have stopped in his tracks,but noooo…they let it slide.Now they are paying for it.They deserve exactly what they’re getting.
    I’m happy that Black journalists are sticking by us. I also hope that others will keep the pressure for him to be terminated from his position.Kanazawa is clearly incompetent and shouldn’t be taken seriously. PT also shouldn’t exist. To me, they are just as guilty of racism as he is.

    • You are right on and what also made me mad was after that awful article was posted some BLACK WOMAN responded by saying that black women have more testosterone than most women.. I was like “HuH”, it was like she was acknowledging the awful article and trying to explain why we didnt look as good!!! And what makes this worse is that this is like the 6th negative article i read this year on black women!!! Even though i dont mind, it doesnt help that a lot of high profile black man, date another race and make negative comments about why they dont date black women, (can anyone say “Ochocinco” with his BLACKA**)

      • @angel,

        i really wish everyone could date who they wish without getting any flak…i’m pretty sure that’s how things were supposed to be…but what i particularly hate is when i hear a black guy who’s with a woman of a different race say he didn’t marry a black woman because they are loud/aggressive/(insert typical common stereotype against black women)…why not say ‘i married my wife because she’s got a great sense of humor, she’s a good cook and she makes me happy’?? it’s negative and it doesn’t sound like they married their wives for love of her as an individual, but just due to hatred of black women in general…gets on my last nerve…

    • agreed…that article was released on purpose for whatever reason…did they officially apologize? all i saw was a denouncement of kanazawa but no apology for the article being posted in the first place…

      what i am not wanting to see happen is happening though…in a zealous attempt to uphold black women, many people are turning on asian men as a group and are spewing the stereotypical mess about them instead of being upset with this guy in particular and the powers that be who enable him…i hope more people will stop and remember that not all asian guys think like this man does and they don’t deserve to be put in the same hole…

  5. Hello everyone.

    I just thought it would be worth noting that Psychology Today (PT) DID NOT approve of Kanazawa’s post prior to it being posted. Prior to this incident, the protocal to post an entry was to log into your account, write a post, and hit send. It was posted within minutes with no review. PT editors trusted that the bloggers would be responsible. So, it isn’t fair to say that the post was approved by PT editors.

    The website was filled with posts against Kanazawa; these too were unsolicited by PT and were the sole decision of the authors on the site (like myself). These posts were not an attempt by PT to cover their tracks.

    I chose all the images for my post (not PT). I think the point that the images have “White traits” is sort of irrelavent. If the images were White, people would not be saying things like, “but she has black features.” The women are Black and they are beuatiful, why not just leave it at that?

  6. Hi Nathan,

    Thank you for the clarification. I’ve bought one PT magazine in my lifetime and have been to the site a couple of times. But i didn’t realize that the articles are written by bloggers and are not reviewed before posting, and probably neither did many of the commentors. I went back today and tried to find a disclaimer or something clearly stating that the articles are opinions of the bloggers and are not reflective of PT’s feelings, but found none. It seems easy to make the mistake of thinking that the articles are reviewed and have been approved/chosen by PT editors first. At least, that’s what I did. I apologize for that assumption.

    The backlash was enough that the PT editors decided to remove the article. However, I did not see an official statement about why that decision was made or acknowledgement of the (in my opinion) poor taste of the article. It looks like it was left to the bloggers to comment how they saw fit for or against it. This is where I have an issue. I admit that I don’t completely understand how the PT website is run or managed. Are the articles printed in their magazine reviewed first? If so, why not the articles on the blog? I did see an article posted today by Prof. Douglas Kenrick giving a few good reasons for a blog without peer review ( http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sex-murder-and-the-meaning-life/201105/five-lessons-the-kanazawa-race-controversy ). And I nothing against debates. But it seems a bit too convenient or even a cop-out for something like this to happen and seemingly no responsibility taken for it by the site except to remove the article and place the blame solely on the blogger (who did have an account and was approved to make submissions).

    As for the pictures, I personally think the ones chosen are relevant, due to the nature of the Kanazawa’s article. Were there more than one? I only saw the one of Tyra Banks. I agree with KB’s post above that Tyra is a beautiful black woman. Black women come in all shades and all manner of features. But Tyra’s thin nose, light skin and light eyes are not what people think of in terms of the average african/african-american woman. I would have liked to have seen a picture of a darker skinned woman with thicker features, or two pictures showing the range in diversity of black women.

    Other than that, I really enjoyed your article. And your post here moved me to go back and look at the other articles on the PT site, not just about this topic. So thanks for that.

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