It’s been a year now that we lost this great woman of conscience. Last year was a horrible year because so many icons of black history made the transition to be with our ancestors. On this day a year ago, we lost a giant, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, born Frances Luella Cress, who was blessed to live an extraordinary life and opened the eyes of many people to which I am grateful for the knowledge she shared with the world. Dr. Welsing was an Afro-centrist and a renowned psychiatrist, who with her 1970 essay The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy) offered her interpretation of the origins of white supremacy.
She was the author of The Isis Papers (1991) and The Keys to the Colors (1991). In her writing, Welsing discusses that white people are the result of a genetic mutation of albinism and are the outcast offspring of the original peoples of Africa. Welsing caused controversy after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population.
Dr. Welsing was born Frances Luella Cress in Chicago, Illinois, on March 18, 1935, and in 1957, she earned a B.S. degree at Antioch College and in 1962 received an M.D. at Howard University. She moved to Washington, DC in the 1960s and worked at many hospitals, especially children’s hospitals.
Welsing states that a system is practiced by the global white minority, on both conscious and unconscious levels, to ensure their genetic survival by any means necessary. According to Welsing, this system attacks people of color, particularly people of African descent, in the nine major areas of people’s activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war. Welsing believes that it is imperative that people of color, especially people of African descent, understand how the system of white supremacy works to dismantle it and bring true justice to planet Earth.
Dr. Welsing is famously known for her groundbreaking novel The Isis Papers where in it, she states the melanin theory, which white people are the genetically defective descendants of albino mutants. She also states that because of this “defective” mutation, they may have been forcibly expelled from Africa, among other possibilities.
Welsing suggests that, because it is so easy for pure whiteness to be genetically lost during interracial mixing, White-skinned people developed an aggressive colonial urge and their societies dominated others militarily to preserve this White-skinned purity. Welsing ascribes certain inherent and behavioral differences between black and white people to a “melanin deficiency” in white people. Welsing proposes what she calls a “functional definition of racism.”
Functional Definition of Racism = White Supremacy = Apartheid. As a black behavioral scientist and practicing psychiatrist, my own functional definition of racism (white supremacy) is as follows: Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured, 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 nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white-skinned people.
Welsing discusses her “Unified Field Theory Psychiatry” as a broader framework, encompassing biology, psychology, and physics, as a prerequisite to understanding the etiology of a unified field of energy phenomena, specifically the “behavior-energy” underlying racial conflict. She states that her position is more analogous to the “determinist” model of physicist Albert Einstein than to the “indeterminacy” theories of Max Born and Werner Heisenberg. Furthermore, she asserts that both homosexuality and sexism are necessarily derived from this behavior-energy system.
Dr. Welsing has been criticized, wrongly I think, for stating that black male homosexuality was imposed on the black man by the white man in order to reduce the black population. Whereas White homosexuality is a sign of weakness, and that homosexual patterns of behavior are simply expressions of black male self-submission to other males in the area of sex, as well as in other areas such as economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, and war.
Dr. Welsing was a brilliant woman and a profound forward thinker on African American topics unheard of before her work. Sadly, the good doctor suffered a Stroke on January 1, 2016, and was placed in critical condition, where she later died in a Washington DC area hospital on the morning of January 2, 2016, at the age of 80. Her passing was a crippling loss to the black conscious community, and she will be sorely missed. My prayers are that she is resting in power. And that’s my thought provoking…