Dr. Aruna Khilanani a Forensic Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst, and author of the speech “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” discussed her recent speech at Yale on Black News Tonight. During the interview, she claimed “Racism is something that is unconscious” “racism is everywhere” and “it is actually in everyone”.
You see what you look for. Self perception is shaped by personal opinion and life experience, which is justified by consensus. Dr. Khilanani appears to have experienced such negativity and trauma that it has distorted her professional interpretation of racial discrimination. Saying that “racism is everywhere” and “in everyone”, equates to “hate is everywhere” and “in everyone”. It might be better to suggest “the opportunity to be good is everywhere” and “in everyone”. This is a much more positive outlook on the world, and a much lower risk of influence of violence through interpretation. The Doctor’s goal is to infuriate the listener and provoke a reaction. If it’s a negative reaction: “Racism.” If it’s an agreement on racial divide, you become part of the problem, part of the division in this country. Many Americans have forgotten how to take pride in themselves and their own country, and this “racist” mentality is a further diversion from that.
The Host, Professor Marc Hill read a passage of the Authors lecture: “There are no good apples out there, white people make my blood boil.” he quoted.
MH: “When you say there are ‘no good apples out there’, what kind of claim are you making?”
Dr. AK: “I’m talking about…people have this idea that, um, racism is something that if you’re consciously racist, or if you’re a clan member, and I’m sort of making the claim that racism is something that is unconscious and it is actually in everyone. Everyone uses these words systematic, they’re like ya know I, I use-I’m, I know that racism is systematic and yet individually when you call them out, they’ll be like ‘well it’s not me you can’t say that’, and so there’s a disconnect between use of the word systemic and saying that ‘racism is everywhere’, but the moment you point it out individually, there is sort of, people disown their own violence on racism.”
MH: “Would it be fair to say based on your expertise that white people are psychopathic?”
Dr. AK: “I think so, yeah. I mean I think there’s many lies that, and I hadn’t didn’t get to that part because this—what I delivered, was only, um, part of a first series of talks, but the way, the level of lying that white people do, that has started since colonialism, were just used to it.”
MH: “What kind of lies?”
Dr. AK: Everytime, you, um, you, you steal a country, you say you’ve discovered something. This level of lies, is actually part of History” she added “We don’t say we killed all these people, and got rid of all the Native Americans. We say we discovered America. You don’t talk about the level of death, you don’t talk about the level of what actually occurred, you wipe the slate clean, you sanitize the violence, and you actually got lost along the way, trying go to India, and you say you discovered something. And this level of, of discovery is everywhere. You’ve discovered vegetarianism, ya know, you’ve discovered – you’ve discovered Yoga, you’ve discovered everything is a discovery and it’s all actually stolen”
Let’s break down the word “Discovery”:
If this is the case, humanity should revoke its evolution, health & medicine, and modern technology. All of these examples contained “Discoveries” Have you ever discovered a new hobby, a new restaurant, or a new author? Not anymore. Now replace that word with “stole”. It really changes the meaning, and the intent. If Christopher Columbus’s goal was India and he “unexpectedly” “in the course of a search” come across another country previously unknown: that by definition is a “Discovery”.
If she is so ashamed to exist in a “stolen” country, Dr. Khilanani should feel free to “discover” an uninhabited island somewhere else, and read a dictionary. Americans choose not to glorify the violence that resulting from the founding of our nation, by celebrating the strong country we’ve built together, instead. We created a place that can not only vastly contribute to the economy of the world, but also provide and distribute technology discovered in this country—across the globe. Without the founding of our country, and the discovery of its existence, would not have been possible.
Yale gave a statement in response to Dr. Khilanani’s speech, on their official website, which can be found here.
Yale’s website states “On April 6, a speaker who is not affiliated with Yale gave a Child Study Center Grand Rounds talk, with the provocative title “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind.” After the event, several faculty members expressed concern to the Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Academic and Professional Development and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion about the content of the talk.”
“Based on these concerns, School of Medicine leaders, including Dean Brown and Deputy Dean Latimore, in consultation with the Chair of the Child Study Center,” “reviewed a recording and found the tone and content antithetical to the values of the school.”
“In deciding whether to post the video, we weighed our grave concern about the extreme hostility, imagery of violence, and profanity expressed by the speaker against our commitment to freedom of expression. We ultimately decided to post the video with access limited to those who could have attended the talk— the members of the Yale community. To emphasize that the ideas expressed by the speaker conflict with the core values of Yale School of Medicine, we added the disclaimer: This video contains profanity and imagery of violence. Yale School of Medicine expects the members of our community to speak respectfully to one another and to avoid the use of profanity as a matter of professionalism and acknowledgment of our common humanity. Yale School of Medicine does not condone imagery of violence or racism against any group.”
If things couldn’t get weirder, now Dr. Khilanai has begun to speak out an incite further reactions for her speech’s “suppression”. Yale weighed their concerns over their beliefs, indicating general public safety is a larger concern than identity, yet that’s not good enough for Dr. Khilanai.
Dr. Khilanai states her speech was released “unnamed, and untitled, like the privilege it protects”. Yale stated they didn’t want to propagate “imagery of violence or racism against any group”. In fact, hatred for a group of people based upon race is classified as racism. Let’s define it:
“The belief that different races possess distinct character, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.”
By English definition Dr. Aruna Khilanai is racist. So racist in fact, that Yale allegedly—according to her TikTok—refuses to even publish the title of her speech: “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind”. I’m sure Dr. Khilanai denies being a racist, as the English language is “stolen” and even the letters used to “discover” the word racism were also “stolen” from the alphabet.
Racist hateful speech is never acceptable in American society, and shouldn’t exist, no matter which race is chosen for the target. Discrimination comes in all forms, often packaged as “anti-racism” or “specific-race-is-better/worse-than-specific-race” it a class system used to discriminate against people based on a visual assessment. By allowing people like Dr. Khilanai to speak, it not only confuses the population, but it normalizes racial inequality.
Discrimination because of skin color, shouldn’t be tolerated in 2021. It’s not freedom of speech, it’s infringement on American rights. America needs to evolve past that primitive concept, if it doesn’t now, it may never, it has to stop somewhere. There are plenty of other reasons to dislike somebody once you get to know them. In the case of Dr. Khilanai, she has predetermined her discriminative thinking and racial ideology around skin color, which is extremely outdated, distasteful, and a sad way to live.