Aruna Khilanani wanted Yale to share her ‘shoot Whites’ lecture, ran TikTok campaign
A New York-based psychiatrist who sparked outrage after a lecture titled "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" to Yale faculty and students reportedly took to TikTok last week in an effort to get the Ivy League institute to publicly share the controversial virtual talk.
University officials elected to release the video of her 50-minute talk internally and did not make it publicly available -- something that did not sit well with Dr Khilanani. She posted a series of TikTok videos rallying her supporters to push Yale authorities to publicly share the video. This came after the audio of the talk was made available by former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss on Substack alongside an interview the psychiatrist did with journalist Katie Herzog, Newsweek reported.
Khilanani spoke to Yale medical students in April after being invited by the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center. Her talk focused on the idea of "Whiteness" and her opinions around it.
"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 f**king favor," Khilanani said during the talk.
She went on to accuse White people of having a "psychological predicament" that made them feel bullied when people of color brought up race in a conversation.
"They [White people] feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath," she said. "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."
At some point in the talk, Khilanani even said, "This is the cost of talking to White people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
Yale subsequently made a recording available internally to students and faculty. However, it added a warning saying that the talk contained "profanity and imagery for violence." In response, Khilanani posted a series of videos on TikTok noting that Yale had not made the talk public and accusing the university of "suppressing the material." One of her TikTok videos was shared on Twitter when she was running her campaign to pressure Yale into sharing her talk publicly:
This is Dr. @aruna_khilanani. She needs help putting pressure on Yale to release her public talk on race. What was originally meant to be open was quickly vilified and suppressed. Apparently BIPOC academics have no business examining white mind critically in relation to race pic.twitter.com/m86ifzYC6t— Des🌹 (@desidaze) May 21, 2021
During her interview with Herzog, Khilanani said Yake hadn't raised any concerns regarding her talk for a "long period of time." She said she was "kind of surprised because usually, people want to know a lot of details. And then I think, and I'm not sure about this, maybe they only put the announcement out the day before."
"I'm not sure. This is what I think because I only got the concerns as relayed to me from the dean right before. I didn't hear any concerns prior to that," she added.