Written By: Melody Charles
A practicing general and child’s psychiatrist and an integral force in shaping the narrative of national and global ramifications of racism and white supremacy, author Dr. Frances Cress Welsing wrote the seminal works Cress Theory of Color and The Isis Papers: The Keys To The Colors, appearing in films and documentaries (500 Years Later, Hidden Colors) that expound upon racism’s prevalence and the profound effects of its multi-level system across the globe.
In a recent and illuminating interview with writer Dr. Welsing, Knowshi.com discussed her views of several dysfunctional trends among African-Americans and how non-whites can persevere despite the odds perpetually stacked against them.
KNOWSHI- It’s an honor to get time in your schedule today Dr. Welsing, thanks for making time for us. Can we start with your now-textbook definition of racism?
DR. FRANCES CRESS WELSING- My definition of racism is as follows; ‘Racism and white supremacy is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by people who classify themselves as white—whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thoughts, speech actions and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war—for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth, the planet which upon the vast and overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white (black brown red and yellow), by white-skinned people and all of the non-white people are genetically dominant in terms of skin coloration compared to the genetic recessive white-skinned people,’ end quote.
KNOWSHI- Why, in your opinion, has there always been such a concerted effort to deny that racism even exists when evidence concludes that it does?
DR. WELSING- “Once you able to put a problem in the form of a definition, that is the first step to solve a problem, and you can’t solve a problem that hasn’t been sufficiently defined. it’s like they’re thinking, ‘Uh-oh, they’re aware of what we’re doing.’ So there’s a move on that side of the chess board, so to speak, to say, ‘Let’s stop talking about it. Let’s pretend that we’re ‘post-racial,’ because if Black people keep moving on an understanding of what is the problem, they will eventually be able to solve it.”
KNOWSHI- There are a lot of people who point to the achievements of Blacks in the last 40-odd years, up to and beyond the presidency of Barack Obama, the acceptance of interracial relationships, etc., and say that the issue is now in the past. What are your views on that?
DR. WELSING- “One could say that, ‘Well, there are a lot of white women dating Black men.’ Yes, that’s happening now, but there are still increasing numbers of black men being incarcerated. At the same time that it looks like black men are free to do XYZ, but if you’re looking at the totality of the picture, there are more Black men behind bars than there are dating these white women. The whole system relationship with black men exists to put them out of commission, whether that means unemployment, underemployment, incarceration and killing, which is ‘stand your ground.’ All they have to say is ‘I thought he had a weapon, I was afraid,’ and then that gives them [citizens or police officers] the right to shoot and kill black men. Subconsciously speaking, the ‘weapon’ they’re referring to is his genitals and genetic material. Genetic annihilation can’t take place from black females to white people, or through any kind of female, because females cannot impose, by force, sexual intercourse. Only men can, so it’s the Black man that’s the threat. Of all the non-white people, black people have the greatest genetic potential to cause white genetic annihilation.”
KNOWSHI- So it’s about the fear of becoming extinct?
DR. WELSING- “Exactly. For one thing, the people who classify themselves as white people are getting ready to become a minority, and this is very frightening and disturbing to them, so this is stepping up the attacks. White people are fewer than one-tenth of the people on the planet. They’re getting ready to become a minority here, and the response to that status change under the leadership of a Black president is the massive purchasing of guns. Those guns are for killing Black men.”
KNOWSHI- Does that feed into the anti-Black unity and relationships messages out there as well?
DR. WELSING- “if the black man and the black woman are allowed to come together as a strong unit, then they will be able to produce strong children. If you don’t want that to happen, because your goal is white genetic survival, the BM is the #1 threat, so what you try to do is destroy the threat. By preventing black people from coming together harmoniously to produce self-respecting black children, you drive a wedge. You don’t talk about racism and white supremacy as a dynamic, you don’t talk about how those things cause black men’s unemployment and how a man cannot function as a husband and a father if he doesn’t have a job. He has to be employed, so by keeping the black man unemployed, you are really driving a wedge in the functionality of the Black family and weakening the next generation of black men.”
KNOWSHI- So, in an effort to move forward as a people, what actions should those who aren’t white take?
DR. WELSING- “Black people have to get it to the mind frame that ‘black’ means dignity and being serious, that people respect one another. this is going to be the strength of black people—valuing themselves, respecting themselves and having dignity. Mandela was in prison for fighting apartheid, which is racism and white supremacy, and after 27 years of breaking rocks, he had the most dignified appearance of all of the men on the planet. White people need us to be clowns and buffoons, but that is not who we are. Black people need to start seeing themselves as the mothers and fathers of every other person on the planet, we have to define ourselves.”