Welcome to Defender’s Voice. This is Dr.Paul. Thank you for joining us today. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website www.doctorpaul.org. Today’s question is: What is your response to Dr.Aruna Khilanani comments on white people?
Very troubling comments from Dr.Aruna Khilanani. This psychiatrist was invited to the Yale School of Medicine to give a lecture on mental health. Her lecture is titled, “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind”. First notice the title of her lecture, the psychopathic problem of the white mind.
The title itself is so racist. How do we respond if we title lectures using the names of our ethnicities, ‘The Psychopathic problem of the Indian mind’, ‘the psychopathic problem of the Asian mind’, ‘the psychopathic problem of African mind’? It is sickening that an ivy league university like Yale is promoting this kind of hatred in its halls. These universities lost their moral compass.
In her lecture Dr.Aruna said, “There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil. …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 favor’.
To talk directly to white people 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. It ain’t going to happen. They have five holes in their brain’.
She said, ‘there are no good apples out there’: This is pure Critical Race theory taking over medicine and psychiatry. Gone are the days when we look at individual sins. Now, if one person commits a crime, everyone in his or her race is responsible for that crime. Intersectionality taking over psychiatry. There can not be any good persons in the entire groups of people you dislike.
She said, ‘White people make my blood boil. …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 favor’.
She is an Indian psychiatrist. With these comments, she is creating a dangerous atmosphere for other Indians living in America. What if a white person says, ‘Well, Indians make my blood boil….I would like to act on my fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any Indian that got in my way’. As a psychiatrist, she might be able to afford private security, but most Indians in America cannot afford security. Resentment creates more resentment.
She said, ‘I will bury their body and wipe my blood hands as I walked away relatively guiltless’. She has murderous hatred towards white people. She grossly violated basic medical ethics. She is still practising medicine. You can keep your licence if your hate is targeted towards one particular ethnicity. Lara Kollab, a Muslim resident physician once tweeted, ‘ I will purposely give all the Jews the wrong meds’. A future doctor was bragging how she would prescribe wrong medications to her future Jewish patients. She was under training at Cleveland Clinic. She was immediately fired from her position. But we can be sure that nothing happens to Dr.Aruna because as long as your hate is directed towards white people, medical boards don’t care. Dr.Aruna can sleep well. She won’t lose her medical license.
Now, from a Christian perspective, we should recognize the universality of sin. Dr.Aruna titled her lecture, ‘The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind’. That should have been titled, ‘The Sin Problem of the Human Heart’. God says our basic problem is sin residing in our hearts and minds. We have to make a choice whether to choose love or hate. Current secular culture believes in Darwinism, materialism and determinism. If you believe in Darwinian materialistic determinism, how can you blame some people for being racist? Racism needs free will. The secular culture does not see that contradiction.
Dr.Aruna should learn from Gandhi.
When Gandhi was in South Africa, he experienced an event that became a turning point in his life. He was thrown out of a train compartment reserved for white passengers. Rather than filling his heart with resentment and bitterness toward white people, Gandhi nurtured an attitude of forgiveness and love. He started to read the New Testament and tried to emulate Leo Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace. Tolstoy gave up all his possessions and became a Christian pacifist. An Indian freedom fighter Taraknadh Das wrote a letter to Leo Tolstoy. In 1908, Tolstoy replied to Taraknadh Das and wrote to him that Indians must use passive resistance and love as their weapons to liberate themselves from the oppression of the British. That letter reached Gandhi who later published it and circulated it widely among freedom fighters. Tolstoy’s Christian pacifism influenced Gandhi. In today’s racially charged atmosphere, that is what we need: Christian pacifism filled with the love of Christ.
Apostle Paul wrote, in Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
neither slave nor free, nor is there
male and female, for you are
all one in Christ Jesus
Today God is calling people of all races to come together in Christ. That is the place of unity. Outside Christ, there is no other place for unity.
Jesus Christ our Lord showed us how to respond to racism. He knew first hand how at anti-semitism would feel like. The Romans hated the Jews. When Jesus stood before the Roman soldiers, they saw a Jewish young man completely at their mercy. They treated him with murderous cruelty. Yet he prayed for them and said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’
America and our world are torn apart by racism and hatred. Only Christ like love will heal our brokenness.
Let us hope Dr.Aruna will stop her hate filled words, repent of her sins, come to Christ, get saved and get a new heart of love and compassion.