We recently discussed the racist and violent remarks made by New York psychiatrist Aruna Khilanani, presented by Yale Medical School. Khilanani began a tirade against white people, making such remarks as she often thought of “unloading a revolver in the head of a white man who got in my way”. After weeks of heavy criticism, Yale added a disclaimer to the video.
In the speech, Khilanani repeatedly condemned white people as a race: “That’s the cost of talking to whites at all – the price of your own life as they suck you up… There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil. ”She shared about dreaming of killing white people:
“I systematically put white ghosts on most of my white friends, and got rid of the few white BIPOCs.” [Black and Indigenous people and people of color] that crept into my crew too. … I had the fantasy of unloading a revolver in the head of a white man who got in my way, burying his body and wiping my bloody hands while walking away with a crack in my crotch, relatively innocent, as if I were going to be Do world a favor. ”
The addition of a disclaimer came quite late as Yale officials fully understood the content of the video and tried to restrict access. In fact, Khilanani previously objected to the failure to publicly publish her remarks.
Yale Child Study Center Medical Studies Director Dr. Andres Martin was named as the “course leader” for the lecture. Martin and others had been aware of the content since April 6th and saw no need for a disclaimer. Furthermore, Khilanani did not hide the thrust of her remarks in the title, “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind.” It was a particularly blatant title for comments on the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center.
Khilanani later made fun of Yale for pretending to suddenly discover the content of her remarks. She told the Times, “They knew the subject, they knew the title, they knew the speaker.” She went on to insist that “speaking metaphorically about my own anger was a way for people to reflect on negative feelings. To normalize negative feelings. Because if you don’t do this, it becomes a violent act. “
Now, after widespread condemnation, Yale has added this disclaimer:
“This video contains profanity and images of violence. The Yale School of Medicine expects members of our community to speak respectfully to one another and avoid the use of profanity out of professionalism and recognition of our common humanity. The Yale School of Medicine does not condone images of violence or racism against any group. “
The fact is that most of these extremist comments are often tolerated (even celebrated) by the left in criticizing whites, men, conservatives, libertarians or the Republican Party. The problem is not that extreme views are allowed on campus, but the vastly different reaction to such comments from the left versus the right. I have defended faculties who have made similarly disturbing comments denouncing the police, demanding Republican suffering, strangling cops, celebrating the death of Conservatives, demanding the murder of Trump supporters, “detonating and gassing white people.” “And the assassinations of Conservatives support protesters and other outrageous statements.
Universities have been much more aggressive in sanctioning right-wing comments. A conservative North Carolina professor faced dismissals over controversial tweets and was pushed into retirement. Dr. Mike Adams, professor of sociology and criminology, has long been a lightning rod of controversy. In 2014, we discussed his victory in a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on his conservative views. He was targeted again after a inflammatory tweet calling North Carolina a “slave state”. As a result, he was pressured to resign with a settlement. He then committed suicide.
The media shows the same bias. This week, on the anniversary of the Cotton Controversy, I noticed in the New York Times that the newspaper recently published a professor defending the killing of conservative protesters. She had previously published a column by “Beijing’s executors” in the crackdown on democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Yale’s disclaimer is belated but welcome. However, it is not about the growing view of intolerance in our locations. It took Yale weeks to distance itself from these statements after promoting Khilanani. Such a delay would never have occurred to a speaker holding opposing views because that person would never have been given the opportunity to speak at Yale. Imagine what would have happened if you had added another breed to these remarks by stating, “This is the price to talk to” [Black or Brown] Humans at all – the cost of your own life as they suck you up … There are no good apples out there. [Black or Brown] People make my blood boil. ”We would all have condemned the statements as racist and inflammatory. Yale would not have rejected it, but would have removed it and ordered a full and expedited investigation.
As I said earlier, I believe there is value in having speakers like this on campus. The problem is the evidence that speakers are treated differently based on their points of view.