How in-depth psychological profiles perpetuate White Supremacy.

Man in a chair with his hand over his face.
Man in a chair with his hand over his face.
Our obsession with psychology is distracting us from the reality of White Supremacy.

Last night a 21-year old white male went on a mass killing spree at 3 spas in the Atlanta area, killing 8 people — 6 of whom were women of Asian descent. At first, I was sickened, horrified. Then, enraged. I turned to my husband and said, “Just wait until the media comes up with a psychological profile of the shooter.”

Not even 24 hours have passed, and — yet again — the news is reporting on the apparent psychological motivations of this mass murderer, denying that this was a hate crime. …

And Why It Matters

My brother, a CFO, asked for my take as a therapist on the psychology of young adults who bet big — and lost — on GameStop.

The GameStop saga reveals the psychology of individual actors desperate to break down a system of exploitation. Systems speak in gentle nudges, informal policies, and procedural pivots designed to distract us from the sleight of hand at play. What results is a magic trick — influence — revealed only when one becomes fluent in this language.

The first time I saw this sleight of hand trick was at a casino. My brother and I were young and bored and visiting family in Nebraska, so we drove to an Iowa casino on a whim. What do I recall most vividly?


An Elegy to White Supremacy

As an Asian American POC, I am no longer willing to accommodate White Supremacy.

What does it mean to live in survival mode, to survive as an Asian American in a racist country? As a child growing up in a white suburb during the 90s “colorblindness” era, I wasted many years strategically accommodating White Supremacy.

Wasting energy.

Wasting time.

Diminishing myself to uphold White Supremacy.

Again. And again.

While we never discussed race in my childhood home, I knew I was a racialized body by age 4. Kids made fun of my eyes, told me to “go back” to Japan.

Well-meaning adults stared at me, attempting to guess “what,” precisely, I was: “What are…

Sarah Suzuki

Owner/Founder of Chicago Compass Counseling, therapist, itinerant change agent, and recovering English Major.

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