New Haven, CT – A Yale University guest speaker who describes all white people as “psychopathic” told her audience she fantasizes about “doing the world a f—king favor” by shooting white people in their heads.
“I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f–king favor,” forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Aruna Khilanani said during a Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center Grand Rounds Zoom presentation on April 6.
Journalist Bari Weiss shared an audio recording of Khilanani’s “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” lecture to her website on June 4.
According to a flier for the event, the target audience included “trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work,” as well as “faculty, clinicians, [and] scientists.”
The course also fulfilled state licensure requirements for continuing education credits.
“It is the policy of Yale School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor to all its educational programs,” the flier read. “Everyone is talking about race right now. Especially white people. And yet, white people seem to be losing it. The number of Karen and ‘It’s my right to not wear a mask’ videos are exploding. How do we understand this psychologically?”
During her presentation, Khilanani declared that “white people are out of their minds and they have been for a long time.”
“This is the cost of talking to white people at all,” she said early in her lecture, according to Weiss. “The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil.”
She said she ditched most of the white people she was friends with about five years ago, the New York Post reported.
“I systematically white-ghosted most of my white friends, and I got rid of the couple white BIPOCs that snuck in my crew, too,” Khilanani boasted, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Khilanani alleged during her lecture that white people feel that they are being bullied when people of color bring up race, resulting in what she described as a “psychological predicament.”
“They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us,” she ranted. “They are confused, and so are we.”
“We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath. We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility,” Khilanani declared. “It ain’t gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall. It’s just like sort of not a good idea.”
Talking to white people about race is “useless,” according to Khilanani, “because they are at the wrong level of conversation.”
“Addressing racism assumes that white people can see and process what we are talking about. They can’t. That’s why they sound demented,” she said. “They don’t even know they have a mask on. White people think it’s their actual face. We need to get to know the mask.”
Khilanani said that when people of color “get angry,” white people “use our responses as a confirmation that we are crazy or have emotional problems,” NBC News reported.
“It always ends that way,” she lamented.
Khilanani noted she knew her lecture would probably “provoke a lot of responses,” NBC News reported.
“I want you to just maybe observe them in yourselves — are you having moral response to what I’m saying? Is it a thought? Is it a feeling? Is it an action? And how does this relate to race?” she said.
Yale held off on uploading video footage of the training lecture for weeks, NBC News reported.
Khilanani claimed the university blamed the delay on a series of technical problems.
Yale School of Medicine later issued a statement announcing the presentation would be posted online “with access limited to those who could have attended the talk— the members of the Yale community.”
The university said several faculty members expressed concern about “the content of the talk,” prompting a review of the recording.
School officials said in the statement that they “found the tone and content antithetical to the values of the school.”
“In deciding whether to post the video, we weighed our grave concern about the extreme hostility, imagery of violence, and profanity expressed by the speaker against our commitment to freedom of expression,” the statement read, adding that it would only be posted for members of the Yale community.
“To emphasize that the ideas expressed by the speaker conflict with the core values of Yale School of Medicine, we added the disclaimer: ‘This video contains profanity and imagery of violence. Yale School of Medicine expects the members of our community to speak respectfully to one another and to avoid the use of profanity as a matter of professionalism and acknowledgment of our common humanity. Yale School of Medicine does not condone imagery of violence or racism against any group,’” the statement read.
Khilanani said that restricting access to her lecture is just a form of “suppression,” NBC News reported.
“My speaking metaphorically 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 turn into a violent action,” the New York-based psychiatrist said, according to India Today.
She further claimed her comments were taken out of context in an effort to “control the narrative,” India Today reported.
According to Khilanani, she only mentioned her fantasies of executing random white people as a way to use “provocation as a tool for real engagement,” the New York Post reported.
“Too much of the discourse on race is a dry, bland regurgitation of new vocabulary words with no work in the unconscious,” she said in an email, according to the paper. “And, if you want to hit the unconscious, you will have to feel real negative feelings.”
Khilanani praised her “work” as being “important” and said she stands by it.
“We need to heal this country,” she said, according to the New York Post.