Towards Putting an End to Racism
Frances Cress Welsing was a strong woman who helped fight racism by writing and by making her voice heard. She was known as the ‘warrior scholar.’ Welsing was born on March 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. She is the daughter of Ida Mae Griffen, a teacher, and Henry Cress, a physician. At the age of 80, she died on January 2, 2016.
After finishing school, she spent almost 25 years working as a physician. She also worked as a clinical director for children with emotional troubles. After that, she opened up her own facility and offered her private services. During her career, she published her works where she discussed her social and racial theories. She made a few appearances on television to further explain her theories.
Welsing also wrote a book called “The Isis Papers: The Key to the Colors.” Her book talks about why it is bad to look down on people based on their skin color. She focuses her discussion on attitudes and behavior towards black people and the struggles they face from racism. She encourages non-white people to talk about the struggles they have experienced as victims of racism.
In her book, she stresses the importance of knowing the kind racist treatment black people face every day. She points out how common this kind of treatment is in sports and other fields. It seems like white people enjoy preferential treatment while black people are not usually recognized. Racism hurts, insults, and degrades people and should not be tolerated in any segment of society.
She theorized that racism is the effect of one’s skin color. To explain, she says that racism is used by white people to protect themselves. The color white is perceived as a ‘safe’ color while other colors are perceived to be ‘tainted’ or ‘threatening.’ This theory caused a stir in mainstream media, with Washington journalists and media personalities questioning her theories.
She tackled other controversial issues faced by the black community in her book, including drug use, teen pregnancy, and unemployment. She added that these issues are present because white people wield and assert their power over other people with ‘colored’ skin.
Through her works, she pushes people of color to free themselves from being victims of racism. She advocates justice and peace among humans of all colors to make the world better. Welsing also recommends strengthening the family unit among African-Americans. These families should ensure that they raise strong children with high levels of self-respect and self-esteem. This, according to Welsing, will help them continue the fight against racism until it stops for good.