Spinning Frances Cress Welsing, Cheikh Anta Diop, and Bobby Wright into a Theory of Eurasian Personality: Toward an Anchor for Africana People's Social Theory.

Author:Azibo, Daudi Ajani ya
Position:Critical essay
 
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Homage for Frances Cress Welsing

The transition to ancestress of psychiatrist Frances Cress Welsing (1935-2016) has stimulated many testimonies (Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, 2016a, 2016c), including this article. She epitomized the concept of a "race woman." Her life's work was spent decoding the system of Eurasian (White) supremacy in all its tentacles and effects on the mental health of African descent persons (ADP). Her stature was doubtlessly that of Queen Mother alongside ancestresses like Queen Mother Audley Moore, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Harriet Tubman, Amy Jacques Garvey, Sojurner Truth, Queen Nzinga, and Yaa Asantewa. What a phenomenal (and non-exhaustive) roll call she has joined: Well done, Dr. Welsing, well done.

Unlike the last two in the roll call, "Dr. Welsing," as she is reverently and affectionately referred to by African-U.S., was unable to stimulate African-U.S. masses to military or direct non-violent action--no doubt due to the control Eurasian supremacy forces maintain over the current world order and African-U.S. fear (Welsing, 1991, chap. 12). Nevertheless, it seems there will scarcely be any ADP in the United States who would undertake such actions in the immediate future who would not have been influenced by her analyses. It shall be shown that her analyses about the psychic makeup of Eurasians--in conjunction with Diop's and Wright's--strongly suggest, nay compel, these socio-political actions. Although the stranglehold and attack on ADP contribute to undermining en masse action of this sort, her analyses of the Eurasian psyche suggest a way out if ADP heed the implications of her theory. Her analyses of the beleaguered psyche of ADP as insane (Welsing, 2014a) is practical and explanatory. It would be a mistake, however, to interpret it as excusing their en masse non-engagement. Most of her analyses can be found in her 1991 oeuvre The Isis Papers.

Dr. Welsing has two legacies of moment: (1) her brilliant analyses and (2) conducting herself in a manner epitomizing a Queen Mother. Thus, it is as critical to understand the spirituality of Dr. Welsing in this light as it is to understand her scholarly analyses because the two actually went hand in hand in her work. Indeed, according to Edmonds (1994) when operating Africentrically, spirit-informed analyses are just meant to be. It is Del Jones's definition of spirituality being invoked: "when you close your eyes for sleeping at the end of the day and you have done everything you could that day to see that every African descent person is fed, clothed, and housed" (paraphrased from public lecture in Tallahassee, Florida circa the early 2000s). It is this type of spirituality that "warrior scholars" are to strive for (Baruti, 2004, 2010). There are many women contemporaries of and in the mold of Dr. Welsing who are still alive and deserving of mention for their scholarship, activism and living example like Winnie Mandela, Assata Shakur (1969, 1987), Mari Evans (2006), Marcia Sutherland (1989), and Regina Jennings (2011, 2014).

This listing is also non-exhaustive as many others likely qualify. For example, Cynthia McKinney (A Lifetime n.d.) would be considered by many. Having been a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States and a so-called outspoken Congresswoman, why is she not still on the national radar in the U.S. today? The relevance of the question is that it brings front and center the "chessboard" notion that is so prominent in Dr. Welsing's thinking: As the Eurasian supremacy mindset requires White over non-White (W/NW) at all times in all areas of people activity, Eurasian civilization plans and implements its moves as if the white pieces in a game of chess moving against the black ones toward checkmate. In the case of Ms. McKinney, a major move by the white pieces was to redistrict her constituency so that she did not have enough support for reelection. Checkmate, it worked. A huzza is due Eurasian supremacy forces in their perpetual anti-ADP undertakings of which this nullification of the erstwhile Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is an example.

Neely Fuller (1984), credited by Dr. Welsing as providing the ideas that propelled her theory, pointed out the systematization to all this chessboard activity by Eurasians. Dr. Welsing being a student of the mind, undertook to uncover why the bottom line of Eurasian civilization is W/NW, especially ADP, always and everywhere in all areas of people activity. Dr. Welsing was insistent that this always-everywhere-all activities perpetuality was an actuality integral to the Eurasian supremacy mindset. It was never a trope for her.

Dr. Welsing's Enterprise

In this writer's view, Dr. Welsing's theory is unassailable on all critical points of validity and internal consistency. This would suggest that she successfully completed her undertaking, the foundational part of which was explaining the Eurasian psyche or mindset from the perspective of victims. Even though "Black studies about non-Blacks" is a "methodological directive" (Afrocentric World Review 1973, 2), it is an enterprise that few scholar of African descent have attempted--particularly those in the psy-professions for whom it would seem to be their special purview. It appears as if Africana scholars fear to tread these waters sticking, as it were, to the kiddie pond of victimology. Bobby Wright (1979, 1982) warned of the necessity, but also the real danger, of studying the oppressor with the intent of overturning Eurasian hegemony. He and Cheik Anta Diop join Dr. Welsing with work affording an answer to why the W/NW dynamic fires Eurasian psycho-cultural functioning at the psycho-behavioral modality level.

This level is the present focus instead of the larger Eurasian culture, addressed elsewhere (Ani 1994; Baruti 2006; Burgest 1981), as it is individuals who formulate and carry out cultural dictates shaping the culture and, reciprocally, being shaped by it. That is, in the United States, for example, the system of Eurasian supremacy ultimately murdered Michael Brown--ad infinitum like other children and teenagers Emmitt Till, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and adults like Messrs. Eric Garner and Freddie Gray and Ms. Sandra Bland--but Darren Wilson perpetrated the individual act. It would seem a mistake to neglect the individual level: "the individual is the basic unit... [although] institutional sanction is the key to how racism operates" (Dobbins & Skillings 2000, 24).

Drs. Diop, Welsing and Wright, in that order, when joined together are shown below to paint a picture of Eurasian personality--including its manifest propensity for individual and collective White Violence (Bradley 1981; Williams-Myers 1995). In contemplating Eurasian personality, "meaning the personality of [the Eurasian] collective... we can only mean a cultural personality ... the basis of [which is] a historical, psychic and linguistic self-consciousness.... conditioned by man's (sic) social and physical environment" (Diop cited in C. Moore 1987, 270, original emphasis). The influence of phylogeny on individual psyche would seem inescapable.

The Implications of Phylogeny and Ontogeny in Personality

Before a theory of Eurasian personality can be articulated, there are two parts to personality for decomposing for understanding personality as applicable to an entire racial group (Eurasian or otherwise)--that which is phylogenetic and that which is ontogenetic according to Azibo (2014, 2016a). Whereas the phylogenetic aspects reference psycho-behavioral dictates which humans must meet for species and species sub-group survival such as procreating, protection, and otherwise securing material existence across all areas of people activity, ontogenetic aspects reference personal predilections pursuant to achieving the phylogenetic dictates--said predilections being organized idiosyncratically in an individual as a function of her or his unique developmental history. It is to be noted that whatever an individual's developmental history may be, the ontogenetic part of personality is not preeminent to, but is meant to serve the phylogenetic or collective part--at least in centered African deep thought about the nature of Africana peoples' human nature (Azibo, 2011c, 2016a). Logically, this African thinking about Africans was thought to represent a model applicable to all human groups as ADP are indeed the globally dispersed human prototype that entered before racial differentiation.

The assumption is safe that the African as well as later arriving non-African humans are by nature endowed or equipped to pursue phylogenetic dictates in an evolutionary sense. As it turns out, this is a big part of what mental health is (Wakefield 1992). Azibo (1996b) discussed the Africentric definition of mental health reviewing in the process ones proffered by Dr. Welsing, The African Psychology Institute and Wade Nobles. Azibo pointed to their convergence on the notion of meeting dictates inherent in phylogeny. Said dictates may be summarized as an innate "organismic survival maintenance propensity" which reflects the idea that all life forms tend to protect and perpetuate their collective selves suggesting a criterion of "universal mental health" (Azibo 1996b, 52). In this light, Wakefield's bottom line on mental illness/dysfunction makes perfect sense: "namely, a condition is a mental disorder if and only if (a) the condition causes some harm or deprivation of benefit to the person as judged by the standards of the person's culture... and (b) the condition results from the inability of some mental mechanism to perform its natural function" (cited in Azibo, 2014, 43). It is point (b) that is pertinent for understanding mental health defined Africentrically as point (a) is a given:

'Own-race maintenance' has been postulated from an evolutionary perspective 'as a...

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