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(1989). Journal of Psychiatry and Law. XVI, 1988: Blacks and Violent Crime: A Psychoanalytically Oriented Analysis. C. G. Schoenfeld. Pp. 269-301.. Psychoanal Q., 58:512-513.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of Psychiatry and Law. XVI, 1988: Blacks and Violent Crime: A Psychoanalytically Oriented Analysis. C. G. Schoenfeld. Pp. 269-301.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:512-513

Journal of Psychiatry and Law. XVI, 1988: Blacks and Violent Crime: A Psychoanalytically Oriented Analysis. C. G. Schoenfeld. Pp. 269-301.

This article offers a psychoanalytic explanation of why Blacks commit a disproportionate number—half—of violent crimes in the United States. Slavery and its crippling psychological effect are discussed, as are the devastating psychological consequences of the hundred years of discrimination, segregation, and anti-Black terror that followed. The conclusion reached is that black aggression was stimulated inordinately by all this, while the black superego was decisively weakened and rendered incomplete and conflicted. These psychological difficulties have persisted

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and have become endemic among the poor, uneducated, lower-class Blacks who populate the rotting core of many American cities. The solutions suggested include the elimination of social policies that stimulate the aggression of Blacks by threatening their sense of self-worth, and the promotion of social policies that help to strengthen their superegos. Ways of using the criminal law to reinforce the Black superego are also considered.

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Article Citation

(1989). Journal of Psychiatry and Law. XVI, 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 58:512-513

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