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Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, is a psychologist, author, and speaker on topics central to equity, inclusion, and how to turn us and them into we. #Getting to We

Do We Need a Form of Couples Therapy to Achieve Racial Equity?

As a young psychologist facilitating couples therapy, I quickly learned that it was easy to become the enemy of one partner simply by agreeing with the other partner. …


I grew up living next door to a White family who daily flew a confederate flag on the side of their home that bordered our adjacent property. They also erected a barbed wire fence the length of our six-acre lot and placed no trespassing signs upon each post. Their three…


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In the fight for a just and equitable society, what do we do about all of the White women who voted for Trump?

Since the election, several of my White women friends have asked me that question. I’ve asked myself that same question. Like my friends, I am still a…


In 2017, I received an email request to keynote the 2018 Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) Conference in Toronto. In my early years as a therapist, I spent many years in post-graduate training at the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland. …


I am still a bit exasperated with Ellie McGinty. Ellie is a fictional character in The Daughters of Erietown, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Connie Schultz’s novel about four generations of women in a working class family set over several decades. …


And Other Distressing Emotions Associated with Learning about Race and Racial Identity

Behind every discomfort, there’s learning… if we stay with the discomfort long enough. There is no other way to learn the skill sets necessary to manage the dynamics of human differences without challenging our assumptions and moving out of our comfort zones.

Discomfort is a natural aspect of any learning…


The Psychology Behind the Anxiety and Why We Should All Care

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Like many theories, CRT is complex and evolving, not only in its tenets but in its practical application. Its complexity and malleability make it easy to exploit its principles and turn it into a media sound bite that incites confusion, fear and division.

As a theory, it’s easy for detractors…


Shaping a narrative for the suspect in Atlanta-area spa shootings shifts the focus from racial targeting and anti-Asian hate crimes to White exceptionality

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When notifications that eight people were killed in an Atlanta-area spa shooting flashed across my newsfeed, I shared the collective horror of a nation. …


I have spent a lifetime providing evidence to Whites that racism exists. Yet, they remain the arbitrators of its existence.

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Many years ago, when teaching a graduate level course, Multicultural Applications of Clinical Psychology, I referenced an article on race and psychological distress. I can still remember where I was positioned in the classroom, the need for brighter lighting in the room, how the desks were arranged, where this student…


Like many social scientists, I learned that prejudice + power = racism. Having power is key for determining how someone could turn their everyday bias into racism. We all have prejudices but not everyone has the power to turn it into racism. …

Deborah L. Plummer

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