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Very interesting insight into the white supremacist psyche. Jun 23, Licia added it. Wow, is all can say about his book. Jul 07, Khari rated it it was ok. Welsing's writing very dense and difficult to get through. Much of here theories were far-fetched in my opinion. Aug 20, R. Byers rated it it was amazing. View all 4 comments. Feb 17, Jinaki rated it it was amazing. Mar 15, Phaedra rated it it was amazing.

It address the reason racism exists and much more. Feb 12, Taylor rated it really liked it. This book was probably one of the most powerful texts I've ever read in terms of its complete analysis on how white supremacy's fingers extend into every facet of life that can be controlled, thus producing devastating consequences that are still present through my existence as a 'free' black woman.

It's unbelievable to me how much the author's theory makes sense and how it can logically be connected to all subsequent actions that influence both public and private life with different levels of h This book was probably one of the most powerful texts I've ever read in terms of its complete analysis on how white supremacy's fingers extend into every facet of life that can be controlled, thus producing devastating consequences that are still present through my existence as a 'free' black woman.

It's unbelievable to me how much the author's theory makes sense and how it can logically be connected to all subsequent actions that influence both public and private life with different levels of harshness based on genetic threat.

The constant realization that my history extends to the beginning of humankind and not with the brutal and inhumane institution of black slavery always reminds me that my skin color is a result of the start of humanity and that I should be proud, difficult as it may be living in a world that is oppressive.

Anyways, although some points were difficult to agree with and hence, swallow about the author's observations of black existence in the modern world, it made sense This book was written over thirty years ago and it still rings significantly true if not more potent with the extension of time into supposed equality for all.

It has inspired to me to learn about my history before white supremacy annihilated it. Oct 03, Randy rated it it was amazing. Frances Cress-Welsing was speaking from a Psychiatric understanding of the many suggestions all around us for decades, even centuries, but on the subconscious mind. Not necessarily the conscious mind. I am not a racist either. I am white and see way too many little suggestive themes all around us, that just may have effect on the mind and behaviors of many, but stemming from the subconscious.

Genetically I do see many authentic qualities in black men and women that I can not help but admir Dr. Genetically I do see many authentic qualities in black men and women that I can not help but admire. Such as, in general a 40yr old white guy can appear older than a 60yr old black guy.

I for one wish I had that type of aging to my skin and over all look. They are genetically superior, and there are just way too many good points made in her work. Work done decades ago I add, to not have all honest thinking minds to ponder her claims.

May not be a great read in general, only due to the shock one must admit, if one is open minded. Jan 25, Kisha rated it liked it.

Very deep is all I can say. Once you get past the 1st two chapters, you are on your way. There are a few bumps here and there, but in the end you will be amazed and want to pick up more literature like this. Jun 14, Angela Chester rated it it was amazing. The book was amazing. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Anyone who doesn't like this book is narrowed minded and sees only their view of the world. I would recommend this book to everyone! She is a linguist of great character.

Jun 18, Brautha Minister rated it it was amazing. Dec 31, Mykie rated it it was ok Shelves: Welsing passed away on January 2nd, , so I decided to pick this book up again in her honor. She was a pioneer in her own right as well as a very important figure in the African American community. The work she did throughout her life was amazing and note-worthy. Welsing, but this book, not so much. There is a lot of good in the book, but also a lot of imbalance in terms of structure and delivery as well as some theories that are far-fetched and based on nothing but assumptio Dr.

There is a lot of good in the book, but also a lot of imbalance in terms of structure and delivery as well as some theories that are far-fetched and based on nothing but assumptions rather than factual evidence. And this is where my confusion lies because the book also contains some well-evidenced and accurate theories as well. So my low rating is mainly based on my confusion. I wish I could have had an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Welsing before she passed. So much I'd like to ask and clear up related to this text.

As an avid reader and reviewer, I've established a rating scale that I either apply to, or consider in, my reviews: The racism conversation is, sadly, still as relevant today in as it was in when this book was written.

Much of the content is important. So two stars there. But the book is lacking in the areas of delivery and impact. For example, this book contains lots of conversation about symbols and what they mean. And it contains lots of conversation about racism and why it exists, but the book never effectively ties the two together in a way that makes sense. It's almost like reading two separate books at the same time.

As a reader, this, alone, left me feeling empty at the end and like my time had been wasted. Something is missing from the text that ties it all together. In order to get from this book what you need to get, you must approach it from the right angle. If you don't, you'll be so lost in the numerous typos, editing errors and disorganization of the text that you won't have the energy to absorb the analysis for what it's worth.

So approach it from the right angle. The right angle, in my opinion, starts with understanding the title and what the author is intending to do with it. Isis was an African Goddess who was married to a powerful African God. After her husband was murdered by his own brother, Isis sought the truth and justice in this regard.

It's important to note that Dr. Welsing was big on symbolism. With that said, this book, Isis, is an effort to highlight that truth and justice for people of color are overshadowed and overpowered by racism. This is the basis of this text. It's also important to note that Dr. Welsing was a psychiatrist and dedicated most of her life to analyzing, associating and theorizing behaviors, causes and impacts.

Therefore, this reads like a psychoanalysis rather than a text for leisure. I'd imagine that it is good material for psychology students. And the "Papers" part of the title is because this text is a collection of essays Dr.

Welsing wrote over the course of her career. In summary, I found this book to be poorly written, often times unrealistic, imbalanced and contradictory. You can't be passionate for justice for a group of people and be discriminatory against another group.

Hence the fact that Dr. View all 3 comments. Dec 26, Karla Guady rated it it was ok. Fascinating theories, rollercoaster of a read. I found myself oscillating between rolling my eyes at the absurdity of Cress' unbacked claims to incessantly reading on, wide eyed and transfixed.

I took a hiatus after chapter 10 and came back to the second half of the book about a month later and I found that the break served the rest of my reading well. I am not sure if it was me or the current sociopolitical state or that Cress becomes more subtle and nuanced as the essays progress but I found t Fascinating theories, rollercoaster of a read. I am not sure if it was me or the current sociopolitical state or that Cress becomes more subtle and nuanced as the essays progress but I found the second half of the book much more realistic and relatable, although still outlandish.

Ultimately, her theories contain nuggets of truth and wisdom amount mountains of outlandish and even counterproductive claims. Although at times I did wonder 'this is so insane and out there maybe just maybe it is the core of ultimate truth when it comes to race relations and oppression.

But it definitely made me rethink many of the stances I currently hold, which is always helpful. Aug 01, Too Many Thoughts rated it really liked it. OK, that aside this book did have some really interseting ideas. I didn't read through all of it chronologically as it isn't a fictional books but a compilations of papers regarding white supremisy alongside it's ca Firstly I'd like to clearly state that those who think that ALL white people are racist and ALL have plans to tear down the black and other non-white races then they SHOULD NOT read this.

I didn't read through all of it chronologically as it isn't a fictional books but a compilations of papers regarding white supremisy alongside it's causes and effects. Therefore, King Kong is killed at the end of the film, reflecting the desire for the death of the Black male. The concept of sin, shame and guilt are related to the naked pale body.

The original sin is the act of sex that produced the appearance of nakedness or the genetic mutation of albinism or white skin. For example, the black woman being called a Mammy. However, historically, the only way for whyte men to have sex with a Black woman was to enslave her, and then defile her womanhood.

The system is one of contradiction and psychological projection based on deception and confusion. Whyte males, suffering from a deep sense of male inferiority and inadequacy, masculine self-doubt, fear, anxiety and self alienation have projected their neuroses onto Black males. While Black males can still maintain a sense of pride in their sexual potency, they have loss power economically which has produced fear and anxiety.

Whyte males have been able to prevent Black males from true competition in all areas of activity: Thus, Black men outwardly are living the inner nightmare or neurotic anxiety of whyte males. How rare, one may learn by walking down a street in Paris, New York or London on a weekday — particularly an unfashionable street — and keeping count of the satisfactory complexions encountered in the course of a mile. Where dark complexion are massed, they make the whites look bleached out, unwholesome, sometime frankly ghastly.

I could notice as a boy, down South in the slavery days before the war. The splendid black satin skin of the South African Zulus of Durban seemed to me to come very close to perfection. I can see those Zulus yet…handsome and intensely black creatures… The advantage is with the Zulu, I think.

He starts with a beautiful complexion and it will last him through. And as for the Indian, brown — firm, smooth, blemishless, pleasant and restful to the eye, afraid of no color, harmonising with all Colors, and adding grace to them all — I think there is no sort of chance for the average white complexion against that rich and perfect tint.

Pale skin is a form of albinism. Cress Welsing theorised that pale-skinned people came into existence thousands of years ago as albino mutant offsprings of black-skinned mothers and fathers in Africa. These genetic defective albino offsprings were rejected and had to live away from the normal black population with the awareness of their rejection and alienation as in leper colonies.

The whyte tribe eventually migrated northward to escape the intensity of the equatorial sun of the Southern hemisphere and settled in the area of the world known as Europe. Sexual intercourse between the isolated albino mutants produced a whyte race. Whyte envy of the black phallus is addressed unconsciously when whytes constantly concerns themselves with the comparative size of the black phallus versus the size of the whyte phallus. This help to explain why whyte males who wish others to view them or wish to view themselves as strong and powerful, puff and suck on huge black cigars.

Also the more important the whyte male perceives himself, the longer is his black limousine. Both the car and the cigar can be viewed as phallic symbols. It is again little wonder that whyte men build missiles shaped in the form of phalluses paint them white and use them to annihilate people of color around the globe. Despite the past and present potential carnage from handguns, there is tremendous resistance among Euro-Americans to have guns as well as other instrument of life destruction brought under control.

The handle and chamber are analogous to the testicles; the barrel of the gun is analogous to the penis. The firing gun in function achievies for whyte the destruction of Black lives in the same way the black penis can destroy whyte genetic survival. It says instead that the whyte male prefers the gun to be his phallus and the phallus of his father.

The gun then becomes the desired all-powerful phallus of the whyte male, which he conceives of as being an equaliser to the phallus of a Black and other non-whyte males. The gun makes up for a sense of profound and deep inadequacy hidden by a thorough and ruthless exterior.

Cockfighting was also a very popular pastime for whyte males. The dick was a detective with a gun, hence, Dick Tracy. Black people throughout the world, live under the power of the whyte supremacy system of total oppression and domination, implying the absence of any true power. This is the major and only problem facing Black and all other people of color throughout the world. Since the assassination of courageous Black men, black people have been afraid to confront the murderous reality of whyte domination.

Submission to and cooperation with the system is consistent with the illusion that there can be complete integration of non-whytes into the whyte supremacy system.


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