When you look at the picture of the young man that is used in conjunction with this article, what thoughts come to mind, if any, with regard to his nationality?  If such thoughts didn't initially come to mind, please look at the picture and try and assess the man's nationality.

If you've somehow missed it in the news, I'd highly recommend typing the following search into the internet:  "go back to your country."

"[Last summer,] William Lee, a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and one of the country's top intellectual property litigators, had been told to 'go back to your own country' by a man in his hometown outside Boston....

 Lee was filling his Mercedes-Benz SUV at a Wellesley gas station when a man asked how he could have such a car and then said that he wasn't welcome in the U.S.

Lee, who is ethnically Chinese but whose family has been in the country since 1948, told the man that he didn't understand.

'You mean, you don't understand English,' the man said.

'I don't understand ignorance,' Lee replied....

He's not the only one.

Cyndie Chang, managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Duane Morris and president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, said that she was standing on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., in May when an older Caucasian man told her the same thing: Go back to your country.

Chang, whose family came to the country from China five generations ago, said that she's been hearing similar stories from others amid this year's presidential race and its aftermath, including accounts of threats of violence."

On November 11, 2016, the California Psychological Association's Board of Directors issued a statement on the Presidential Election in which it acknowledged that many of its members "have continued to work with clients who are fearful and distraught(link is external) even while possibly dealing with your own feelings."

Five days later, Wayne Kao, PsyD., Diversity Chair of San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association, sent an email to the members of that organization, which stated in part as follows:  

"Regardless of your political leanings, this election, more than ever, has reminded me of our need to better understand each other's beliefs and needs. More importantly, my main concern is for public safety and our need to defend those who struggle to defend themselves. 

In the coming weeks, please be on the look out for postings regarding meetings and events addressing our role as mental healthprofessionals in promoting community safety."

That same day, the members were invited to an open discussion titled Post-Election Reflections Collaborative Event.  The following topics were considered:

  • Impact of the election on ourselves, our clients and our community
  • Ways we can support ourselves, each other and patients who may be expressing stressfear, family conflict, etc
  • Psychology’s role/potential contributions in this time.

On February 1, 2017, the American Psychological Association issued the following statement: "Trump Administration Orders Pose Harm(link is external) to Refugees, Immigrants, Academic Research and International Exchange, According to Psychologists."

Mark B. Baer, Esq. is a mediator, collaborative law practitioner, conflict resolution consultant, co-author of Putting Kids First in Divorce, and co-founder of Family Dynamics Assistance Center. He also regularly writes for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.