Is Racism A Mental Illness?

An interesting piece in Vice on whether racism should be classed as a mental illness. It’s a tempting comparison to make, but as mental health advocates point out, classifying a failure of basic critical thinking such as racism, in the same way we classify genuine illnesses like depression and schizophrenia, is only likely to further stigmatise mental illness.

This video of Jane Elliot speaking on the Oprah Winfrey Show is priceless though, and I think her classification of racism as an illness is a reflection of the time when she made her comments rather than any attempt to dismiss real mental health concerns:

If you judge other people by the color of their skin, by the amount of a chemical in their skin, you have a mental problem. You are not dealing well with reality.”