In addressing and reversing racism, there must be a clear definition and understanding of racism and white supremacy. The late Dr. Frances Cress Welsing said in her 1991 seminal work The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” that “racism is a system.” Racism is white supremacy, and white supremacy is racism. White people live in fear that they will lose their power, and so they perpetuate racism and white supremacy, all the while denying it, she said.
Dr. Welsing said, “There is a historic and continuing war being waged against black people in general and black male persons in particular. The war is the local, national, global system of racism (white supremacy). It is most fundamentally responsible for all the problems evidenced in the black male population.”
What Dr. Welsing wrote about in 1991 still holds true today in 2018. Racism (white supremacy) is defined by her as follow:
“Racism (White Supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and 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 nonwhite (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people.”
The Black Child Journal writes “Dr. Welsing has been a unswerving champion for African-Americans and lovers of humanity. Her analysis of the impact of white supremacy as a global system of oppression was trenchant, hard hitting and consistent. Born in Chicago to a physician and an educator, she was trained in the liberal arts at Antioch College and in the Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine where she eventually served as faculty. A long-standing private practitioner and pioneer in the fields of child psychiatry and mental health, her longest institutional affiliation was as the clinical director and staff physician with the Washington D.C. Department of Human Services. While at the Washington D.C. Department of Human Services, she charted policy and strategies to help emotionally disturbed children at the Hillcrest Children’s Center and the Paul Roberson School for Growth and Development.
Dr. Welsing’s work on improving mental health of African-Americans led to a career in the field of race and cultural analysis. Her famous work — the Cress Theory — was influenced by the ideas of a Washington, D.C. acquaintance, Neely Fuller, Jr., and explored the thesis that racism, aggression and hostility stems from white fear of genetic annihilation in an overwhelmingly non-white world. Fuller and Dr. Welsing contended that all of modern global relations were affected by white supremacist ideology and symbology, which they further grouped into nine categories of human activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war.”
Racism is exclusively white supremacy. In the words of Neely Fuller, Jr., “If you do not understand White Supremacy (Racism) – What it is, and how it works—everything else that you understand will only confuse you.”
Read more about Dr. Frances Cress Welsing’s The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors.