The intellectual, controversial, and spiritual psychiatrist’s works firmly challenged White supremacist views even if it meant making some people uncomfortable. I loved this about her! She spoke her mind eloquently; intellectually made her place in history.
She passed away on January 2, 2016 at the age of 80.
For those who do not know Dr. Welsing, she was one our country’s most influential and controversial theoreticians on the subject of race and racism. Those of you who read my blog often, know that my degree is in Psychology thus you will understand my love of the subject because of Dr. Welsing.
Dr. Welsing had a groundbreaking 1970 essay, “Cress Theory of Color Confrontation (White Supremacy),” which began as a paper presented before members of the American Psychological Association. She spoke of the white supremacy that was known but never addressed. Welsing states “a system is practiced by the global white minority, on both conscious and unconscious levels, to ensure their genetic survival by any means necessary. This system attacks people of color, particularly people of African descent, in the nine major areas of people’s activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war”. Welsing believed that it is imperative that people of color, especially people of African descent, understand how the system of white supremacy works in order to dismantle it and bring true justice. Her theories on other logical issues consisted of why we should wait to marry until the age of 35, how we should support black businesses, and also educate our own children. She also worked on improving the mental health of African Americans (which is one of my passions). She was a firm believer that African Americans needed to take themselves seriously to understand the systematic oppression on our lives.
This black woman was courageous in her fight and never backed down from anyone or her beliefs. Dr. Welsing stood her ground and stood firmly. She gave us a path that had been blazed, now, we, as African Americans, especially African American women must continue this fight. I admired her work and I am saddened that I will never get the chance to meet her.
However, I am more saddened that none of the prominent blogs geared towards African American women have dedicated a page to her or even wrote a RIP. I guess they are more concerned with the reality TV shows and not the state of the Black Woman’s issues that are currently getting worse as we speak. Even in death are we, as black women, so against one another that we cannot even say a simple, Rest in Peace?
We must acknowledge those before us who started a revolution…whether we agree or not. We are mature enough to agree to disagree. Aren’t we?
This is just my two cents –
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing-thank you for your courageous spirit, thank you for being an upstanding black women not afraid to take risks. Thank you for being tireless and fearless in your words. Thank you for caring for us. This black woman appreciates you in life and in death. Your work is not in vain.
RIP Dr. Frances Cress Welsing-January 2, 2016