Speaking Point: Thanks to George Clooney and Don Cheadle most Americans are aware of the genoicde occurring in the Darfur region of the Sudan, but many do not realize that this humanity crisis affects them personally. It is not just members of the Jewish Community who were affected by the Holocaust who are suffering now but all Americans are psychologically and legally affected by what’s going on in Africa.
Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney and comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today.
Speaking Point: • Psychologically, we Americans, as citizens of the world, share a collective conscious that is affected by the circumstances and events occurring around the globe.
Speaking Point: • Ever since 9/11 we have felt unsafe in our country, in our homes, in our world.
Speaking Point: • As the genocide in Darfur progresses and we hear and read more about it, it influences our psyches by making us feel even more fearful and less secure in the world.
Speaking Point: • We unconsciously ask ourselves “If it is happening there can it happen here?”
Speaking Point: • Legally, our government is involved in national and international issues related to that region which affect our day-to-day lives. For example, the divestment of investments in companies doing business in the Sudan and our roles in the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.
Speaking Point: • These issues consume valuable government time and resources and as a consequence are important concerns for all Americans.