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  • Writer's pictureDale V Wayman, PhD

Implications of Adlerian Theory For Understanding of Civil Rights Problems and Action

An excerpt from this article, "On the one hand, like all other human beings they require a sense of personal dignity; on the other hand, almost nowhere in the larger society do they find their own dignity as human beings respected by others. Under these conditions, the minority group child is thrown into a conflict with regard to his feelings about himself and his group. He wonders whether his group and he himself are worthy of no more respect than they receive. This conflict and confusion leads to self-hatred and rejection of his own group." And note that Adlerian theory was instrumental in the argument by the NAACP in Brown vs Education, "was used as the basis for a social science appendix to the briefs submitted by the lawyers of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to the United States Supreme Court in the school desegregation case, Brown v.Board of Education of Topeka." For the complete article, go to: https://adler-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/resource/filename/240/Civil_Rights-Clark.pdf

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