A New York-based psychiatrist invited by Yale University to give a talk entitled Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind told the audience that she had fantasized about “shooting a revolver in the head of every white person” who got in her way.
dr. Aruna Khilanani, who runs her private practice in Manhattan, delivered the lecture virtually to medical students and educators in April at the invitation of Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.
Audio of her 50 minute lecture was published by journalist Bari Weiss’ share pile blog on Friday.
Khilanani, who previously taught at Cornell, Columbia, and New York Universities, made a series of startling comments during her lecture that were largely based on the psychology behind “whiteness.”
dr. Aruna Khilanani, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, delivered the lecture virtually at Yale University medical students and faculty in April
“I had fantasies about firing a revolver into the head of every white person who stood in my way, burying their bodies and wiping my bloodied hands as I walked away relatively innocently with a jump in my step. Like I was doing the world a favour,’ Khilanani said during the conversation.
She went on to say that white people feel like they are being bullied when people of color come across race and described it as a “psychological predicament.”
“They think we should thank them for everything they’ve done for us. They’re confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that talking directly about race is a waste of our breath,” she said.
“We’re asking a demented, violent predator who thinks they’re a saint or a superhero to take responsibility. It’s not going to happen. They have five holes in their brains. It’s like hitting your head against a brick wall. It’s just kind of not a good idea.’
Khilanani also said talking to white people about race was “useless” because she says they are not on the same level of conversation.
Addressing racism assumes that whites can see and process what we’re talking about. They can’t. That’s why they sound demented. They don’t even know they have a mask on. White people think it’s their real face. We need to get to know the mask,’ she said.
Khilanani, who previously taught at Cornell, Columbia, and New York Universities, made a series of startling comments during her lecture that were largely based on the psychology behind “whiteness.” Pictured above is the flyer for the talk
After Khilanani delivered the lecture, Yale made it available only to students and educators with a warning that it contained “blasphemy and imagery for violence.” Khilanani says it was only released internally after some of them were called to release it
On several other counts, she described white people as “insane” and said they were “boiling her blood.”
“This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The price of your own life, because they suck you empty. There are no good apples. White people make my blood boil,” she said.
After Khilanani delivered the lecture, Yale made it available only to students and educators with a warning that it contained “blasphemy and imagery for violence.”
Khilanani says it was only released internally after some of them called for it to be released.
However, she now claims that Yale is trying to suppress her by not making the images of her speech public.
The doctor has posted a series of TikToks over the past week claiming that the school did not mention the name of the talk or kept it.
A caption on one of her TikTok’s reads: ‘My speech at the Yale Child Study Center has just been released internally. Unnamed and untitled, like the privilege it protects.’
Khilanani, a forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, says on her website that she “specializes in expertise in treating race, gender, sex, artists and whiteness.”
She now claims that Yale is trying to suppress her by not making the footage of her speech public. The doctor has been posting a string of TikToks for the past week stating that the school didn’t mention the name of the talk or delivered it
In an interview Khilanani gave to journalist Katie Herzog, which was published alongside the audio on Weiss’ Substack, the doctor said she gave Yale the name of her talk after she was invited.
She said Yale has not responded or expressed concern about her speech for a “long period.”
‘I was a bit surprised, because usually people want to know a lot of details. And then I think, and I’m not sure, maybe they didn’t make the announcement until the day before,” she said.
‘I’m not sure. This is what I think because I only got the concerns as they were passed on to me by the dean just before. I didn’t hear any concerns about that.’
A person from the dean contacted her a day before the interview and wondered about the possible impact of her presentation, as it was specifically about the “white mind”.
The email read: ‘Good morning, I was surprised to see the announcement for tomorrow’s Grand Tours. I imagine we replace the words ‘white spirit’ with ‘Asian spirit’ or ‘gay spirit’ as we work towards equality, inclusion and unity. I am curious what impact this presentation will have.’
Asked about the person’s concerns and if they had a point, Khilanani said part of the “fear” had to do with using the word white and “that they should think about it.”
“When I break this psychologically, they say on some level, ‘We have to do things the same. If you can say ‘white’, we can say ‘Asian’ too.
“Psychologically, they actually make a false equivalence. What they do psychologically is erase the difference between white and Asian, and if you erase the difference there is no problem here, so shut up, you’re the real racist. That’s how it works psychologically.’