A New York City-based psychiatrist and academic has labeled all white people “psychopathic” after claiming in a recent speech at Yale University she has thought about what it would be like to gun them all down.
In an interview Thursday with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a Temple University professor who has advocated for the destruction of Israel and was fired earlier this year by CNN for antisemitic remarks, Dr. Aruna Khilanani elaborated on her earlier remarks which critics have branded racist and divisive.
“Would it be fair to say, based on your expertise, that white people are psychopathic?” Hill, host of “Black News Tonight” on the nascent “Black News Network” start-up, asked at one point.
“I think so, yeah,” Khilanani answered. “I think that there’s many lies … the level of lying that white people do that has started since colonialism, we’re just used to it.”
Without any pushback, Hill asked Khilanani to elaborate on her claim.
Dr. Khilanani then explains why distinctions between individual and structural racism can be useful, but also troublesome. pic.twitter.com/bRhBlxdIy8
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) June 17, 2021
“Every time that you steal a country, you loot, you say you’ve discovered something. I mean, this level of lies is actually part of history,” she said.
“We don’t say that we killed all these people, we 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,” she continued.
“You wipe the slate clean, you sanitize the violence – and you actually got lost along the way, trying to go to India — and then you say you discovered something. And this level of ‘discovery’ is everywhere. You discovered vegetarianism. You discovered yoga. You discovered — everything is a discovery and it’s all actually stolen,” Khilanani noted further.
Earlier, she noted that “people have this idea that racism is something if you are consciously racist or if you’re a Klan member. Racism is something that is unconscious and that it is in everyone. Everyone uses these words systemic, that [they] know racism is systemic. But when you call it out individually…people disown their own violence and racism.”
Her Thursday comments were essentially an extension of remarks she made during her Yale talk, which was called, “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind.”
“We keep forgetting that directly talking about race [with white people] is a waste of our breath,” Khilanani noted in her talk. “We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero to accept responsibility. It ain’t gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall.”
“This is the cost of talking to white people at all — the cost of your own life, as they suck you dry,” Khilanani said. “There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil.”
She also said that she “took some actions” previously to rid her life of white people.
“I systematically white-ghosted most of my white friends, and I got rid of the couple white BIPOCs that snuck in my crew, too,” she claimed.
“I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step, like I did the world a favor,” she added.
While Khilanani has since explained to The New York Times that her comments were only meant to make people “reflect on negative feelings,” the Yale School of Medicine has pushed back, saying in a statement that the “tone and content” of her talk was “antithetical to the values of the school.”
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