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Black Psychologist Robert L. Williams

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Kenneth Lampkin

on 30 July 2013

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What are the major theories that guide their work?
-Dr. Williams formulated his Black Personality Theory, presented in his second book, The Collective Mind: Toward an Afrocentric Theory of Black Personality. His theory argued that black personality cannot be understood using European philosophy and values.
What is their major contribution to the field of psychology?
BITCH-100 Intelligence test
-IQ test is culturally bias. (Tried to imply that African Americans were not intelligent)
-The BITCH-100 (The Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity) showed that African Americans scored much higher than white students.
Ax or Ask ???!!
Racial Scripting
Professor Williams argues that white children acquire racist predispositions at a young age through the process of “racial scripting”. In this work he identifies a number of myths and stereotypes that form these racial scripts, including the myth of Black Genetic Deficiency, the Deteriorating Black Family, Cultural Deprivation, Black Language Deficiency, Black Self-Hatred, Damaged Black Psyche, the Superior Sexual Stud, the Superior Black Athlete, and the Lazy Negro. He argues that these myths and attitudes form a racial 'script' or schema which the adult person draws upon to understand situations. Thus racial scripting received in childhood can shape the conceptions of reality of an adult.
• Robert L. Williams graduated from Dunbar High School in Little Rock at 16 years old
• Attended Dunbar Junior College for 1 year
• Earned a BA degree from Philander Smith College in 1953

Robert L. Williams

Education !
Robert Lee Williams was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on February 20 1930. (age 83). His Father worked as a millwright and died when his son was just five years old. Williams’ mother, Rosie L. Williams, worked in the homes of white families until her death in 1978.
Background Info!
What degrees do they hold?
• Earned M.Ed from Wayne State University in Educational Psychology in 1955
•Ph.D from Washington University in St.Louis in clinical psychology in 1961

Black Psychologist
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