Psychoanalyst under fire for calling ‘whiteness’ and ‘incurable parasitic like condition’
Dr. Donald Moss, a teacher at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, published “On Having Whiteness” last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association which called “whiteness” a “malignant parasitic-like condition” that has no “permanent cure.”
“Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility,” Moss writes.
“The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse,” he continues.
Moss writes that treatments for “whiteness” consist of a combination of “psychic and social-historical interventions.” These interventions can only seek to “reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites, to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation.”
However, Moss says there is no “permanent cure” for Whiteness, which critics have blasted as possibly alluding to the German Nazi idea of a “final solution” for white people.
Critics blasted Moss’ publication on social media.
“‘There is not yet a permanent cure’ Hm wonder what that could mean,” one user wrote in response.
“How do my colleagues consider this scholarship? Anyone actuality[sic] take this seriously?” Wrote Dr. Philip Pellegrino, a Pennsylvania clinical psychologist.
“I was skeptical so I looked it up, and yeah this is real and now I want to throw my Psychology degree in the garbage,” wrote another Twitter user.
“And we thought forgeting[sic] the Nazi methods was a good idea… it’s coming back and no one realises[sic] it, said another.
“I’m curious, does this paper conclude with a “final solution” to whiteness?” Wrote another user.
Another user pointed out that replacing “whiteness” with any other ethnic or religious group would be deemed hateful and bigoted by most.
“You don’t avoid being a Nazi because you now focus on Whites,” they said after reiterating Moss’s publication with “Jewishness” in place of “Whiteness”. “This racist vomit should be called out for what it is,” they added.
Moss’s biography in the American Psychoanalytic Association says he has worked since the mid-1980s on trying to “understand and dismantle structured forms of hated,…racism, homophobia, misogyny, and xenophobia.”
The Independent Chronicle reached out to the APSA for comment and did not immediately receive a response.