MLK Rally, North Charleston, SC




Date: Thu, March 28, 2013 1:42 pm

Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] 50 Years Ago: "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"



Thank you for that piece.

The "behavior objects" experience the oppression of behavior management and may identify with the critical frame below. The "clinical gaze" based social dynamic is not based on respect, and the "moderate" view that "treatment is good" relates more to 'order' than to 'justice'.

I continue to think that PsySR will come to recognize that problematic. We learned to engage "learned helplessness" some years back, after declining to do so previously. [Example: Note presentation given by myself and Paula Caplan to the 2005 PsySR business meeting at Washington, DC APA.] We do need to exceed the standard of "shallow understanding from people of good will" and as an organization we should so attend.

Andrew Phelps

a.k.a. "Andrew Behavior Object"



Svy quoting the Letter from the Birmingham Jail:

I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.