Line up now to get your tickets to the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies flagship course.….On Having Whiteness.
On Having Whiteness course summary: 2 C.E. CREDITS FOR LICENSED PSYCHOANALYSTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS. Donald Moss will discuss whiteness as a condition one first acquires and then one has–a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. He describes the condition as being 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; these deformed appetites particularly target non-white people; and, once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment requires a combination of psychological and social-historical interventions, which can reasonably aim only to reshape whiteness’ infiltrated appetites – to reduce their intensities, to redistribute their aims, and to occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. There is not yet a permanent cure. The Instructor bio: Donald Moss, PhD, is the author of four books, most recently At War with the Obvious and I and You, and sixty articles, the most recent of which is “Hate Speech/Love Speech and Neutrality in and out of the Clinical Situation” (JAPA, 2019). He is a founding member of The Green Gang, a group of psychoanalysts and scientists addressing the issue of climate-change denial. I would also add, in the interest of full disclosure, that Donald is almost albino himself. I wonder, does his whiteness show up in the mirror, or does he see himself like Bill Clinton purportedly did, as a “black brother”?
Yes, this is an actual course, it is not my attempt at satire….my sense of humor has not gotten that warped…yet. It isn’t a sketch idea that Monty Python’s Flying Circus rejected as too unbelievable. So naturally, I had to ask the question that comprises my post title.
The United States is my proxy country for “whiteness”, but there are many other countries, especially in Europe and the former colonies of Britain—the United States, Canada, Australia—that suffer from a surfeit of “whiteness”. My thesis is, “if whiteness is the disease, there should be a significant net exodus from whiteness countries, and conversely a significant immigration to blackness countries, i. e. African.” Let’s then compare immigration to the “whiteness plagued” countries with immigration to the countries that revel in a surfeit of “blackness”, on the continent of Africa.
Immigration to O.E.C.D. (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries by number of immigrants in 2016:
United States = 1,183,500. Germany = 1,051,000. U.K. = 350,100. Canada = 296,400. Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark) = 284,400 France = 258,900. Australia = 223,500. Spain = 215,000. Italy = 212,100. Major Slavic Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary) = 165,600. Netherlands = 138,500. Chile = 135,500. Switzerland = 125,000. Austria = 105,600. Belgium = 100,200. Japan = 95,200. S. Korea = 88,500. Greece = 86,100. New Zealand = 55,700. Ireland = 41,900. Mexico = 34,900. Portugal = 34,000. Israel = 31,400.
I am drawing a couple of conclusions here: 1. The overwhelming majority—so much so that we could say “practically all” people who leave their country of origin migrate to and settle in countries that suffer from the “malignant, parasitic-like condition” that Mr. Moss calls “whiteness”. 2. Hardly anyone, comparatively, migrates TO predominantly black countries. Most of the countries receiving immigrants have generous welfare, healthcare and educational systems, and provide significantly greater opportunities for both personal safety and economic advancement than immigrants’ countries of origin. How then is “whiteness” parasitic?
Summarizing the O.E.C.D. data, of these 28 countries with the highest number of immigrants settling in them, Moss would opine that 26 suffer from a surfeit of whiteness, and 2 are oriental. None have any significant black population, other than the USA with 12.3%. What about immigration to African countries? I searched both Google and Bing on the term “immigration to African countries”, and other than for South Africa, there was no information on immigration to any other countries in the African continent. Okay, so where do most immigrants to South Africa, the richest and most developed nation on that continent (with the “whitest” characteristics i.e. “voracious appetite” per Moss), come from? Almost all immigrants to South Africa come from the continent of Africa. Of the 20 top countries of origin by number of migrants to South Africa, 13 of those countries are primarily black, rather than Arab. How do we explain this apparent migration to whiteness in the face of Moss’ condemnation of Parasitic Whiteness (“which renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse; these deformed appetites particularly target non-white people”)?
Starting with Ghanaian independence in 1957, decolonization of Africa was motivated by the white, liberal politicians of Western Europe who came to dominate the political landscape after WWII. They successfully promoted the idea that all whites in Africa were racist oppressors and all blacks were innocent victims. Thus, following this line of thought, Shaka Zulu, a psychotic mass murderer who terrorized an entire region, was universally lionized, while Cecil Rhodes, who never killed anyone, and who built roads, railways, bridges, hospitals, schools, and universities, and supplied the funding for the most prestigious scholarship of the modern era—the Rhodes scholarship—is portrayed as a heartless, avaricious monster. History appears to show that certain white politicians (aided and abetted by a fawning media and tenured college former hippies) gained and maintained their power by fomenting racial tropes–thus racial envy. I don’t know where those Western European politicians live, but here in the USA, they foment envy while safe behind their exclusive zipcodes and gated mansions.
You might be tempted to call me racist, but if you have learned anything about me from reading my blog, it’s that I am not intimidated by meaningless charges. If I’m a racist, what does that make the millions of people emigrating to whiteness countries? That’s truth “voting with it’s feet” in the form of migration to whiteness.