Current events have demonstrated that prejudice and discrimination remain entrenched in today’s world and that discussions concerning culture, ethnicity, privilege, and race still matter. Many have wondered recently if we have progressed or regressed since the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Certainly, the good fight to bring about equity and social justice remains as important today as it did a generation ago and perhaps even more urgent. The consequences of inequity seem to be at the forefront of that good fight, as they have been for centuries. Psychological wellness of societies remains elusive until the consequences of inequity are resolved and the sources of psychological unwellness reversed. The Psychology of Inequity: Motivation and Beliefs is dedicated to reviewing and substantially updating the extant body of knowledge on the impacts of inequity on the psychological health and well-being of people of color. The intent is to reexamine the psychology of what fuels and maintains inequity, the psychological effects on local and global communities, and the psychological resilience inherent in the ingenuity, persistence, and commitment of people of color and allies who work every day to bring attention to injustices and abuses. Concerns about the psychologically toxic effects of education, income, health, mental health, and wealth ineq- uities have been discussed and debated for many years, yet the inequi- ties have worsened rather than been alleviated, despite the individualized attention paid toward each of these categories of inequities (education, income, health, mental health, and wealth) historically. Collective evidence concerning the nature of inequities has broadened and advanced their conceptualization over time. When examining how Introduction
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