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University of Utah Women’s Basketball Team Faced Racial Harassment

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In this “Psychology Behind the Headlines” segment, hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober discuss about the following news of the racist harassment faced by the University of Utah Women’s Basketball Team. This incident sparks a complex question: Is racism a mental illness? Dr. Bober provides a mental health perspective on this controversial topic.

Racism is Not Inherently a Mental Illness

While people with mental illness can hold racist views, racism itself is a learned behavior often stemming from a complex mix of social and psychological factors.

Mental Illness Criteria

A mental illness usually presents as a significant deviation from what is considered typical or greatly impacts a person’s relationships and ability to function in daily life.

The Roots of Racism

Dr. Bober emphasizes that racism is taught. Even infants can subtly discern differences in race, but it’s the environment and caregivers that reinforce these attitudes and behaviors.

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