Racial inconsistency as a framework

Racial inconsistency is a useful framework within which clinical psychologists can continue to understand and talk about race, hopefully going on to inspire anti-racist action from the position of power and privilege that we hold. Through the kaleidoscopic lens of racial inconsistency, race can be understood as fluid and multi-dimensional, resulting in complex and dynamic experiences for individuals. These experiences can be understood as relating to systems of power and White supremacy that impact the well-being of individuals. Provided that racial inconsistency is not utilised as part of a post-racial or colour-blind perspective, it could support more clinical psychologists in an understanding of the complexities of race and racism while acting as allies against oppressive practice and discrimination.

Clinical psychologists should also consider the way in which our profession has developed from a place of White power and privilege. More clinical psychologists need to decolonise their therapeutic practice, research and training by changing practice to address and attend to race. By doing this we may be able to improve the relevance of clinical psychology for the multicultural UK population, effectively support individuals with a variety of racial experiences and engage in more dialogical conversation and anti-racist action in the community.


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