The president of the St. Louis Association of Black Psychologists has come up with a unique diagnosis in connection with the Baltimore riots, saying the rioters suffer from “Battered Community Syndrome.”
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Dr. Marva Robinson explained: “Like Battered Women Syndrome, this is Battered Community Syndrome-When PTSD meets sick-n-tired, you get unmeasured rage.”
She also proffered the notion the outbreak of violence is the fault of some intentional plan by society.
Robinson tweeted: “From the purposeful ploy of the crack epidemic to tactfully placed subpar schools-what’s on Americas doorstep is what was created#Ferg2Bmore.”
The editors at Twitchy remarked: “We’d really like to tell you this is from [the satirical publication] The Onion, but Dr. Robinson appears to be a real, living, licensed psychologist.”
Robinson’s group, the Association of Black Psychologists, condemned last year’s decision by a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, which sparked days of riots there.
“This decision is yet another example of the devaluing of black life and the dehumanization of black people,” the association says on its website. “In our demands for justice, we urge Ferguson residents to address the root cause of the wanton killings of our children and so much else that is ailing our communities: the myth of black inferiority and the denial of the humanity of persons of African ancestry.
“The myth, or as we prefer to call it, the lie of black inferiority says that black people are inferior to white people. For almost 400 years, it has shaped the world’s perceptions of black people as being less than human. Powerful negative stereotypes grounded in that lie have limited the prospects and sense of possibilities for far too many black children.”
In the wake of last year’s riots in Ferguson, Robinson said she had significant concerns about long-term damage among the populace.
“I worry about the nightmares that will continue a year from now,” she told NPR at the time.
“I am concerned about walls and barriers that people will start to build as defense mechanisms. And my biggest concern is I don’t think that we, as institutions, are paying enough attention to the mental health impact of what has happened in Ferguson and throughout our nation – because how we function, how we see people, how we relate to strangers, how we choose to engage or not, are all factors as a result of our psychological functioning. And I don’t think there’s been enough attention and treatment to that honestly.”