Words From The Wise: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

“The thrust towards superiority over peoples of color, the drive towards material accumulation, the drive towards a technological culture and the drive towards power are all cornerstones of the universal white supremacy culture, and they are viewed—in terms of the color—confrontation thesis—as responses to the core psychological sense of inadequacy. This inadequacy is not measured in terms of infant size as compared with that of the adult, as postulated by Alfred Adler. Rather, it is an inadequacy rooted in the inability to produce melanin.”

– Dr. Frances Cress Welsing


In regards to Black academia, very few scholars have garnered the same attention as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.  Her in-depth analysis of racism is spot on, so it’s only right that I share her message with you all.

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was an American psychiatrist who’s best known for writing The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Antioch College and a Medical Degree (M.D.) from Howard University. Welsing worked as a staff physician for nearly 25 years in D.C.’s Department of Human Services as well as a clinical director for children with emotional problems. She later opened a private practice and through her published work and research, she sought to find a solution to the mental health problems in the Black community.

Aside from her accurate racial and social theories, Welsing was a huge advocate for the Black Family unit. She advised that Black men and women should not become parents before 30 years of age and instead take time to educate themselves and prepare to rear the next generation who will challenge Black Inferiorization.

I want to share a lecture where Dr. Welsing breaks down some of the content in her book, The Isis Papers. If you’d like to discuss, please feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…






Bryan, E. (2016, March 19). FRANCES CRESS WELSING (1935–2016). Retrieved October 8, 2019, from https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/welsing-frances-cress-1935-2016/.


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