Aruna Khilanani's Manhattan office 'permanently closed' after 'shoot Whites' Yale talk

Aruna Khilanani, who came under fire for her 'shoot Whites' Yale talk, defended her lecture saying words were taken out of context


                            Aruna Khilanani's Manhattan office 'permanently closed' after 'shoot Whites' Yale talk
Aruna Khilanani's Yale lecture is being called a hate speech (Instagram/ aruna_khilanani)

New York-based psychiatrist Aruna Khilanani, who earned massive outrage over her 'shoot Whites' lecture at Yale University, was bombarded with embarrassing 1-star ratings. Khilanani came under fire after she claimed she had fantasized about “unloading a revolver into the head of any White person that got in my way”. The backlash saw Twitter calling for Khilanani to be "fired from Yale" although she isn't technically affiliated with the university. But a quick Google search on the doctor reveals that her Manhattan-based private practice has now been "permanently closed", as of June 8.

News of this comes just a day after it was reported that Khilanani had given her own statement on the collective outrage against her, claiming that her words were taken out of context from the lecture to "control the narrative". As reported by The New York Times on Saturday, June 5, the forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst said in a mail that her lecture “used provocation as a tool for real engagement”.

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Khilanani's lecture titled 'Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind' was presented by the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center as part of a faculty and affiliated-staff weekly forum called Grand Rounds that focuses on mental health. Virtually aired on April 6, the expletive-laden talk saw Khilanani describe a “psychological dynamic that is on PTSD repeat,” where people of color explain racism to White people who deny their attacks. She further added that when people of color become angry, White people use that outrage as “confirmation that we’re crazy or have emotional problems".

In her attempt to explain her own personal anger towards racism, Khilanani recalled a White therapist who called her expression of anger "psychotic", further adding that she had to spend "years unpacking" the therapists' racism to her. Khilanani shared she had "systematically white-ghosted most of my White friends, and I got rid of the couple white BIPOCs (Black and Indigenous people and people of color) that snuck in my crew, too." It is then that she makes those bombshell proclamations by telling her audience: "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any White person that got in my way, burying their body and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step, like I did the world a favor."

Dr Aruna Khilnani. (Instagram/aruna_khilanani)

Khilanani's lecture went viral after former writer and editor for the opinion department of The New York Times, Barry Weiss, posted a recording of the talk, on Substack on June 4, and captioned it: “There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil." As intense as social media backlash was, her reviews also steadily dropped on HealthGrades, which “provides the most accurate, comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals with data not available anywhere else — giving you the full picture of a provider’s qualifications.”  

With over 16 years of experience in the medical field, the psychiatry expert's private practice now shows 'permanently closed' on Google. The Manhattan-based practice is listed on the search engine's maps with the address "525 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065". Google currently shows only one review for Khilanani, which is a positive one. Her practice permanently closed does not however mean that her license has been revoked, despite vehement complaints on social media calling for the same. 

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