Statement from the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

May 18, 2022

We are devastated and horrified by the racist killings on May 14 in Buffalo, New York. Those killed were targeted because they were Black by a gunman steeped in readily accessible white supremacist ideology, in a country with a long history of racist mass killings. We acknowledge the collective trauma repeatedly inflicted on the Black community and other marginalized populations in this country. We believe anti-racist practice involves deepening our understanding of this history and how it remains alive today and working actively against dehumanization and genocidal violence in all contexts.

Chris Keats, Director
Rebecca Meredith, Board President
John Cardinali, Faculty Chair
Anne Buchinski, Faculty Chair-Elect
Kelly Lippman, Diversity Committee Chair