Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was born on March 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on January 2, 2016 in Washington, DC at the age of 80. Dr. Welsing was an American Afrocentrist Psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), offered her interpretation on the origins of white supremacy culture.
Dr. Welsing was the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors published in 1991. The doctor caused much controversy after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population. Dr. Welsing stated that the emasculation of the black man prevents procreation of black people. According to Dr. Welsing, this is one of the goals of racism (white supremacy). She calls this effeminization a form of oppression. An extension of feminizing black men is also described by Dr. Welsing as bi-sexuality and homosexuality.
Dr.Welsing’s father Dr. Henry N. Cress and her grandfather were both medical doctors. Her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a teacher. In 1957, she earned a B.S. degree at Antioch College and in 1962 she received her M.D. from the Howard University School of Medicine. In the 1960s, Dr. Welsing moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at many hospitals, but especially children’s hospitals since her initial plan was to become a pediatrician .
While Dr. Welsing was an assistant professor at Howard University she formulated her first body of work in 1969, The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and self published it in 1970. Unfortunately her career as a professor at Howard ended after her thesis was published and became popular. Her paper subsequently appeared in the May 1974 edition of the Black Scholar. This was an introduction to her thoughts that would be developed in The Isis Papers. Twenty-two years later she released The Isis Papers, a compilation of essays she had written about global and local race relations.
In 1992 Dr. Welsing published The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. The book is a compilation of essays she had written over 18 years. The name “The Isis Papers” was inspired by Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess. Isis was the sister/wife of the most significant god Osiris. According to Dr. Welsing, all the names of the gods were significant but Osiris means Lord of the Most Perfect Black. Dr. Welsing specifically chose the name Isis for her admiration of “truth and justice” that allowed justice to be stronger than both gold and silver. In this book she talks about the genocide of people of color globally, along with issues black people in the United States face. According to Dr. Welsing, the genocide of people of color is caused by white people’s inability to produce melanin. The minority status of whites has caused what she coined to be white genetic survival.
Dr. Welsing believed that injustice caused by racism will end when “non-white people worldwide recognize, analyze, understand and openly discuss the genocidal dynamic. She also tackled issues such as drug use, murder, teen pregnancy, infant mortality, incarceration, and unemployment, in the black community. According to Dr. Welsing, the cause of these issues is her definition of white supremacy racism. Black men are at the center of Dr. Welsing’s discussion because, according to her, they “have the greatest potential to cause white genetic annihilation.”
In The Isis Papers, she described white people as the genetically defective descendants of albino mutants. She wrote that due to this “defective” mutation, they may have been forcibly expelled from Africa, among other possibilities. Racism, in the views of Welsing, is a conspiracy “to ensure white genetic survival”. She attributed AIDS and addiction to crack cocaine and other substances to chemical and biological warfare by white people.
Dr. Welsing created a definition of racism, which is her theory of non-white genocide globally. She refers to racism and white supremacy synonymously. Her definition is “Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system dynamic, structured and maintained by those who classify themselves as white; whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consist of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thoughts, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war; for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet earth, a planet upon which the vast and overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white, (meaning black, brown, red, and yellow people) by white skinned people, and all of the non-white people are genetically dominant in terms of skin coloration compared to the genetic recessive white skinned people”.
Public Enemy was strongly influenced by Dr. Welsing’s colour theory and her prism on genetic warfare. Much of the album Fear of a Black Planet is lyrically and conceptually based on Dr. Welsing’s research.