“I began my talk by saying that if I start talking about race in this way, I’m going to be seen as the crazy, psychotic one and white people just followed my (expletive) textbook like a (expletive) script,” Aruna Khilanani, M.D.
In psychology, there is a concept known as the “self fulfilling prophecy” which accurately describes Aruna Khilanani’s prediction about the response to her talk, “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” given at Yale.
Self-fulfilling prophecy, process through which an originally false expectation leads to its own confirmation. In a self-fulfilling prophecy an individual’s expectations about another person or entity eventually result in the other person or entity acting in ways that confirm the expectations. https://www.britannica.com/topic/self-fulfilling-prophecy
So going into the talk, Dr. Khilanani knew that she was acting and talking crazy and psychotic, because she expected to be treated that way in response to her stimulus. This is interesting in that she understands exactly how her fantasy of shooting white people in the head without remorse or consequences would be taken. The only people who can kill without remorse are “sociopaths” and violent sociopaths make up the vast majority of serial killers. I’m not saying that Dr. Khilanani is a budding serial killer, but it would make sense that sociopaths who spend their life honing the skill of pretending empathy would thrive in the business of psychiatry where they have a lot of power over patients.
One of the biggest problems with “the white mind” is that it is a nebulous straw man, it can literally be whatever you want it to be. Scandinavian work ethic? WHITENESS! German practicality? WHITENESS!!! Greek logic and philosophy? WHITENESS!!! Math? WHITENESS (despite algebra having famous middle eastern origins…) The “white mind” or “whiteness” can be anything that contributes to the success of European Americans to the point that Asian Americans are “white” by definition of success rather than skin tone, genetics, or cultural heritage. No, seriously, the defining characteristic of “whiteness” is “success” https://mynorthwest.com/2365883/rantz-district-reclassified-asians-with-whites-when-they-did-too-well-academically/?
Since “the white mind” is understood in social justice circles as “the successful mind” we begin to see how Dr. Khilanani, a highly successful individual who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago/College of Medicine in 2005. She has taught at Cornell, New York and Columbia Universities, and recently guest lectured at Yale. This is not the biography of someone suffering actual oppression, this is the biography of someone clearly at the top of their game in the Northeast who claims specialization in marginalized people. She may very well be perfect at serving marginalized patients, but her inability to effectively communicate without seeming “crazy and psychotic” and her own acknowledgement that she cannot make a coherent argument to “the white mind” is not confidence building about her ability to effectively provide healthcare services to anyone she deems to have a “white mind.”
And there is a danger in associating “success” with “whiteness.” Sometimes your life sucks because you are dumb and make stupid choices. Sometimes your life sucks because you have rotten luck. Only rarely does your life suck because there is a secret cabal of white people out to oppress you. But externalizing blame is a key tactic for sociopaths to explain their behavior, and “whiteness made me do it” is the ultimate external blame target for a social justice adherent.
So, how do sociopaths get around and become so successful? Martha Stout, PhD., who wrote an interesting book called The Sociopath Next Door, says that it is partly society’s fault. We ignore the fact that a man or woman is doing insensitive, immoral things and make a bunch of excuses for their actions. She points out the fact that sociopaths are experts at appealing to our sympathies and convincing us that they really mean well. The sociopath blames others for his/her situation – “I got fired for stealing from the cash register when everyone else does it too.” This is not to say that every person to externalize blame is a sociopath. Sociopaths simply use externalization of blame as a way of maintaining their charade of innocence and victimhood. https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-recognize-sociopath
While it isn’t responsible to assume a full diagnosis of a sociopath, Dr. Khilanani does have a known history of causing drama around her, in a profession where being detached from patients issues/drama is beneficial, and having an easily used external explanation for her behavior? Whether or not an actual sociopath any doctor who admits to violent murder fantasies without a hint of irony is probably an unhealthy person. And the external excuse of social justice gives her cover for her behavior. I mean after all, who doesn’t want to end racism? Who doesn’t want to keep America moving forward where everyone gets their crack at success?
And in the end, we are back to the point of the self fulfilling prophecy, by talking crazy she was treated as crazy, and then used that end as proof she was right. That’s a straight Kafka trap there, as either you buy into her position where the “white mind” is an incurable ill that should be eliminated in a “final solution” or you have a “white mind” and need the final solution. That’s not rigorous thought, but the social justice movement doesn’t rather care about facts, logic, or rigor, only power and who has it.
Were social justice warriors to succeed the only conceivable outcome would be that of a nation of unsuccessful people. After equating “whiteness” with success, the only way to eliminate “whiteness” is to eliminate success. This makes a large amount of sense as the social justice movement is closely aligned with socialism/communism as a supposed cure for the unequal blessings of capitalism. But..there is no government system that doesn’t allow a cadre of politically astute individuals to amass power and wealth, often at the expense of others. Every single Communist or Socialist nation has a cadre of elites, the exact same failing as every Capitalist nation. This is because political power in a Democratic, Socialist, or Communist nation is a separate form of power than economic power in a capitalist economy. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “useful idiots” who believe that socialism or communism will make their lives more prosperous rather than less prosperous.
“Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: ‘After the revolution even we will have more, won’t we, dear?’ Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picknickers on her property.
“I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn’t have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.” America & Americans, 1966, John Steinbeck
The dream of social justice, where everyone is equal in access to education and opportunity, will never die. Unfortunately there seems to be an endless supply of dreamers who will gladly whistle past the graveyard of history, and fuel another genocidal action to get rid of those standing in the way of their supposed utopia. But sometimes, they let the mask slip, and say what they really want.
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 fucking favor. – Dr. Aruna Khilanani
Remember if you don’t buy into social justice dogma and all it entails, the inter-sectional politics, critical race theory, etc, are standing in the way of their ideological utopia. I recommend you prepare accordingly as you can, because as crazy as Dr. Khilanani sounds today, she may simply be another shift of the Overton Window towards placing all blame to “whiteness.”