Black Psychiatrists of America Speak About Desmond Tutu

June 2, 2011
P. A. Newton, MD, MPH, MA
Volume 28, Issue 5

On behalf of the Black Psychiatrists of America, we are writing to the American Psychiatric Association regarding the recent “issues” that have been raised by some members of your association with respect to Archbishop Tutu being this year’s convocation speaker at your annual meeting in Hawaii in May.

On behalf of the Black Psychiatrists of America, we are writing to the American Psychiatric Association regarding the recent “issues” that have been raised by some members of your association with respect to Archbishop Tutu being this year’s convocation speaker at your annual meeting in Hawaii in May.

We have prepared a consensus document that is wholly endorsed by our entire membership with regards to this most unfortunate issue. While we acknowledge that it is rather lengthy, it is felt by our members that in order to do justice to the matter, nothing short of our expressed feelings in detail could suffice.

We are requesting your attention to this document and distribution as you see fit. Please be aware that this document is appearing on our Web site today and is being sent to our distribution list as well as to other key media outlets and persons critical to the matter.

[Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the American Psychiatric Association as well as to Psychiatric Times.The consensus document is posted here]