A New York-based psychiatrist who recently told a Yale audience that she fantasizes about shooting white people in the head says her comments were taken out of context.
Dr. Aruna Khilanani said she had fantasies of “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way” – then burying their body with her bloody hands.
Audio of Dr. Aruna Khilanani’s lecture dubbed, “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind” can be heard here.
The psychiatrist also said “white people are out of their minds” and their brains are damaged and demented: “They have five holes in their brain. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall.”
“It was also a public service,” Dr. Aruna said. “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*cking favor.”
The psychiatrist told the New York Times that she was simply using “provocation as a tool for real engagement” when saying she wanted to murder white people.
“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. “And, if you want to hit the unconscious, you will have to feel real negative feelings.”
“My speaking metaphorically about my own anger was a method for people to reflect on negative feelings,” Khilanani added. “To normalize negative feelings. Because if you don’t, it will turn into a violent action.”