A 28-year-old female soccer coach seduces nice, white suburban high school boys, and she is quickly fired, arrested, charged with twelve felony counts, and held on a million dollars bail. The state’s attorney promises to continue the investigation.
A forty-something female social worker seduces black mental patients the age of her own sons, and state police investigate for six months. They finally send a report and recommendation to the state’s attorney, but nothing happens for a long time.
So what’s the difference between what Cori Beard did in Vernon Hills, and what Christy Lenhardt did in Elgin? There seem to be two aspects of difference, which are really only one difference: race.
It is equally criminal under Illinois law, to sexually abuse children or to sexually abuse involuntary mental “patients”. There is a big practical difference, in that most people like children of whatever race and want to protect them, but most people dislike the insane and want to get rid of them.
In the not-too-distant past, well-intended, educated Americans believed that white people were constitutionally and genetically different from other races, and superior. Today, well-intended, educated Americans believe non-psychotic people are constitutionally and genetically different from the insane, and superior. That “constitutionally and genetically different” aspect defines racism as much as the “superior” aspect.
Of course, there is a plethora of specific history to incriminate psychiatry far more than just a general analogy. (Drapetomania and the Final Solution among other examples. Or how about the racism of the APA’s proud icon, Dr. Benjamin Rush?)
The bottom line is when Dr. Malice and Dr. Corcoran and Dr. Lieberman insist that all human difficulties in thinking, feeling and behavior are “illnesses”, ultimately to be understood and controlled exclusively by psychiatric authorities with no reference to any concept of soul, they are following in the footsteps of the most infamous racists. They are walking down that 20th century road, as I said in my first article of this blog, that led to a very black gate and hot mushroom cloud.
They are also (just incidentally) walking down the road that leads from Elgin Mental Health Center — “A hospital dedicated by the State of Illinois to the welfare of its people, for their relief and restoration, a place of hope for the healing of mind, body and spirit, where many find health and happiness again” — to the slave plantation, Dick Suck Hospital, where forced “patients” are used and abused at the whim of perverted, lying overseers who sponge off the taxpayers for their paychecks and benefits.
The difference is race. White suburban high school boys, and black involuntary mental “patients”; the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office. Two cases.
Psychiatria delenda est!