NYC psychiatrist who said she fantasized about shooting white people, said she stands behind her work
A New York-based psychiatrist who told a Yale University panel discussion that she had fantasies about shooting white people has defended her comments.
dr. Aruna Khilanani, who runs her own practice in Manhattan, told the… New York Times that she had intended to use “provocation as a tool for real engagement” when she spoke of “a revolver in the head of every white drawer” standing in her way.
In an email to the newspaper on Saturday, she said her words had been taken out of context in an effort to control “the narrative” surrounding race.
Her comments came after she received a massive response over the weekend from Yale University staff and others for the views expressed in her speech.
“Too much of the discourse on race is a dry, bland regurgitation of new vocabulary words with no work in the unconscious,” Khilanani reportedly wrote in an email to the Times.
“And if you want to hit the unconscious, you have to feel real negative feelings.”
My metaphorical speaking about my own anger was a method for people to reflect on negative feelings. To normalize negative feelings. Because if you don’t, it will be a violent act.’
Khilanani, who said she is of Indian descent, told the Times she did not regret her choice of words.
A New York-based psychiatrist who told a Yale University panel discussion that she had fantasies about shooting white people has defended her comments. dr. Aruna Khilanani (pictured), who runs her own practice in Manhattan, told the New York Times she wanted to use “provocation as a tool for real engagement” when she spoke of “a revolver in the head of a white person” that hit her in the head. the road stood
“There’s something emotionally dangerous about opening a conversation about race.
“Nobody wants to watch their actions or face their own negative feelings about what they’re doing. The best way to control the story is to focus on me and make me the problem, which I think happens in the dynamics of racism.”
“My work is important,” she told the newspaper. “And I’ll stick with it. We need to heal in this country.’
Khilanani delivered her speech virtually to medical students and faculty in April, after being invited by Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.
But it attracted more attention after the audio of the 50-minute talk was published on journalist Bari Weiss’ share pile blog on Friday.
“The Racism of Dr. Aruna Khilanani… is very worrying and counterproductive,” Yale . Professor Nicholas A. Christakis tweeted. ‘As an invitee, she can of course speak freely on campus. But her views must definitely be rejected.’
“Most people have disturbing fantasies, and this can be a good topic for discussion,” he added. “People’s actions are more important than their thoughts or words.”
But Christakis called the “pejorative generalizations” Khilanani used “baseless” and disturbing.
“It’s her argument, aside from sharing her fantasies, that’s problematic and racist,” Christakis said.
Khilanani’s practice has been bombarded with one-star reviews over the past weekend.
On healthgrade.com As of Saturday alone, she received 86 one-star ratings, bringing her overall rating to 1.2 out of five.
The one-star reviews include one that read, “If you’re white, she might shoot you” which 54 people found helpful.
Another review quoted the psychiatrist’s reading, noting, “Aruna Khilanani should be barred from any professional environment.”
Someone else commented ‘she is a distributor’ while another person said ‘Can I book an app? Go fantasize about killing me and doing the world a favour.’
In the talk, entitled The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind, Khilanani discussed the exhaustion people of color can feel when they have to explain racism to white people, who then question or disbelieve their experiences.
“This is the cost of talking to white people — the cost of your own life, sucking you dry,” she said, adding, “There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil.’
Khilanani went on to say she cut ties with “most of my white friends.”
“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 said white people feel 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.’
On Saturday, she told the Times that her lecture initially received positive reviews from students.
Last week, she expressed her anger at a decision by Yale to restrict access to footage from the event.
Khilanani says her speech was only released internally after some were called upon to do so.
In the virtual talk, titled The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind, Khilanani discussed the exhaustion people of color can feel when they have to explain racism to white people, who then question or disbelieve their experiences, but went on to say that white people “boil her blood” and that she had cut ties with “most of my white friends.” Pictured: Yale University’s School of Medicine
Khilanani, who previously taught at Cornell, Columbia, and New York Universities, made a series of astounding comments during her lecture that were largely based on the psychology behind “whiteness.” In the photo: the flyer for the talk
She now claims that Yale is trying to suppress her by not making the footage 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.’
In a statement, Yale’s . says School of Medicine said it had limited access to the video of Khilanani’s effectual lecture to those invited to the lecture who added a disclaimer to the images to emphasize that they did not reflect the views of the university.
“This video contains profanity and images of violence,” the disclaimer reads. “Yale School of Medicine expects members of our community to speak respectfully to one another and avoid the use of profanity as a matter of professionalism and recognition of our common humanity. Yale School of Medicine does not condone images of violence or racism against any group.”
The Doctor has posted a series of TikToks for the past week claiming that the school did not mention the name of the talk or delivered it