Frances Cress Welsing: the inspiration behind ‘Fear of a Black Planet’

Frances Cress Welsing: the inspiration behind ‘Fear of a Black Planet’

Born Frances Luella Cress in Chicago on March 18, 1935, Welsing was dubbed “the inspiration behind the fear of a black planet” for her continuous eff

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Born Frances Luella Cress in Chicago on March 18, 1935, Welsing was dubbed “the inspiration behind the fear of a black planet” for her continuous effort in putting an end to racism. She was famous for unearthing injustice against black people. Her 1970 essay, “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism” (White Supremacy), offered interpretation of the origins of what she described as white supremacy culture.

In 1962, Welsing received her M.D. at Howard University. Thereon, she was appointed as an assistant professor at Howard University where she formulated her first body of work in 1969 known as “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation” and self-published it in 1970.

Subsequently, the paper appeared in the May 1974 edition of the Black Scholar which marks the beginning of her activism. Twenty-two years later she published the Isis Papers “The Keys to the Colors” a compilation of essays she had written about global and local race relations.

The Isis book discussed the challenges of people of color globally and the genocide. According to Welsing, the mass genocide of people of color is caused by white people’s inability to produce melanin. She terms the minority status of whites as “white genetic survival,” which made her she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population. This undoubtedly caused controversy.

Welsing was of the opinion that injustice caused by racism will end when “non-white people worldwide recognize, analyze, understand and discuss openly the genocidal dynamic.”

According to Welsing, the black community “have the greatest potential to cause white genetic annihilation,” which she described white people as the genetically defective descendants of albino mutants.

Racism, in the views of Welsing, is a conspiracy “to ensure white genetic survival,” stating that the emasculation of the black man prevents procreation of black people. According to her, this is one of the goals of racism (white supremacy). She calls this effeminization as a form of oppression.

She was conferred with the Community Award at the National Black LUV Festival in 2008.

Welsing retired from fighting for the black community on December 30, 2015, suffering from  two strokes and was placed in critical care at a Washington, D.C. -area hospital. She later died on January 2, 2016, at the age of 80.

Upon her demise, Professor Griff repeatedly enveloped her work with accolades and paid respect to her influential research, especially regarding the profound effect she had on their music and lyrics.