Racism is generally considered an ugly personality trait. It might be more than that, though. Sander L. Gilman, a psychiatry professor at Emory University, joins us to talk about classifying racism as a mental illness. He writes about the idea in “Are Racists Crazy: How Prejudice, Racism, and Antisemitism Became Markers of Insanity” (NYU Press).
In this Thursday, June 25, 2015 file photo, activists hold Confederate flags near the monument for Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. The monument was vandalized the previous night, spray-painted with the phrase "Black Lives Matter," after a deadly mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C. predominantly-black church sparked a nationwide debate on the public display of Confederate imagery. Steve Helber/AP Photo