This weekend we lost one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Dr. Welsing was a practicing psychiatrist out of Washington, DC. She is for her work “The Isis (Yssys) Papers: Keys to the Colors” in which she describes:
“Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structure, maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action, and emotional response, as conducted, simultaneously in all areas of people activity (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 – a planet upon which 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.”
Her work has been the basis in much research and education on methods to countering the effects of racism as well as the subject of much debate, some calling her work, racist, sexist and homophobic. Dr. Welsing, an advocated of peace, believed that in order to end racism we must understand what it is and how it operates and further that idea by ensuring that everyone who needs the most help, get the most help. A native of Chicago, Il Dr. Welsing graduated from Antioch College and Howard Medical school. She died Saturday January 2, 2016 of complications due to a stroke she suffered earlier in the week. She was 80 years old.
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