Posted on September 2, 2022

Therapist Fired After Calling Out Black Men for Lacking ‘Emotional Intelligence’ in Viral TikTok Video

Jordan Hart, Insider, August 28, 2022

A Cleveland therapist who posted a series of TikTok rants explaining that Black men lacked emotional intelligence  was fired – less than a week after the videos went viral across social media platforms.

In August, licensed professional counselor Shabree Rawls, 28, posted a video on TikTok to her then 148,000 followers in response to a Psychology Today article about men being increasingly lonely and single. Her videos following the original post were widely shared and debated on social media, and she ultimately was fired by the company she’d been working for since February.

“I’ve been telling y’all motherf—ers that y’all are going to be single for the rest of your f—ing lives if you do not increase your communication skills, emotional intelligence, or any of these things,” Rawls said in her video referencing the Psychology Today article.

Black men make up “90%” of Rawls’ clientele, and her main focus is building up the emotional intelligence of each client, she says in the video.


Rawls’ video received nearly 100,000 likes and hundreds of comments. {snip}

In a follow-up video, she responded to a commenter who agreed with her stance. But after that video was reposted to Twitter, garnering over one million views, a debate ensued.

“She and her ANTIBLACK male ideology represents 80%+ of black women in America,” one user Tweeted. “That maniac is a LICENSED psychologist!!!”

Less than a week later, Rawls was terminated from her job.


In a video announcing her firing, Rawls blames Black men angry about her comments for contacting her employer and reporting her social media posts.  {snip}