Anti-white racism is normalized by popular healthcare journal.
Merriam-Webster defines ‘racism’ as “a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
A paper titled “On Having Whiteness” was published last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
The author, Donald Moss (MD), argues that White people—in distinction to other races—are by nature prone the disease of “Whiteness,” having a “particular susceptibility” to this “malignant, parasitic-like condition.”
“Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility,” Writes Moss, adding that “The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world.”
But according to Moss, the “condition” of “Whiteness,” like any disease, begins to manifest certain symptoms. Whereas having a cold causes one to sneeze, having Whiteness causes one to be uncontrollably wicked.
“Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples,” says Moss.
Again like any disease, Whiteness must be medicated. Whiteness, however, like cancer, is almost impossible to heal.
“Once [Whiteness is] established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions. Such interventions can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites—to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages wreaked by the chronic condition can function either as warning (“never again”) or as temptation (“great again”),” Moss writes.
And again like cancer, Whiteness is to date incurable.
“Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure,” Moss concludes.
Moss—a white man himself—told The Federalist that he makes a distinction between ‘Whiteness’ (with a capital ‘W’) and ‘whiteness’ (with a lowercase ‘w’). “I write about ‘Whiteness,’ a condition that generates racism and I explicitly distinguish it from ‘whiteness,’ a marker of racial identity,” he said. “I write that white people are particularly susceptible to the pathology of ‘Whiteness.'”
Nevertheless, to say that racially white people are particularly (= in contrast to non-Whites) susceptible to the “malignant, parasitic-like condition” of “Whiteness” fits Merriam-Webster’s definition of racism. As does affixing the word “Whiteness” to a “malignant, parasitic-like” condition because it assumes discriminatorily that only Whites can be racist, i.e., “target” nonwhite peoples.
The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed healthcare journal. It is popular among academics, being “One of the world’s most respected publications in psychoanalysis,” according to its webpage.
“On Having Whiteness” was published just after Dr. Aruna Khilanani—a New York City-based psychiatrist—told a Yale audience she fantasizes about “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way,” and Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would not do one-on-one interviews with white people.
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.