Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
1935 – 2016
Photo: Wanda Sabir


For those who don’t know of Dr. France Cress Welsing, she was one of the most brilliant scholars and lecturers on the topic of racism and white supremacy. As a psychiatrist, behavioral scientist, and author, her work was focused on the issues facing people of African descent. Born in Chicago in 1935, she passed away on January 2, 2016 at the age of 80. She was best known for her book The Isis Papers; The Keys to the Colors (1991) and her appearances in the films Hidden Colors and 500 Years Later.

“As long as people can mistreat you and you can’t do anything about it, you are a slave.”

Her views on our current situation were that without immediate and direct action, the problems we’re experiencing in the Black community will continue. The cocktail of significant mental health issues, mixed with rampant unemployment, killing of our men, women and now children, feminization of our men and the fact that many leaders are either too afraid or being prevented from speaking about the issue of racism, is the struggle that we must overcome.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a Black person or a White person, anybody who refuses to talk about racism and White supremacy hates Black people. Racism is a spear in the heart of Black people. It is killing us, and we are being prevented from talking about it.”

After Ferguson, she gave the following interview on the Karen Hunter Show:

Take time to get to know her work and as usual, we encourage you to purchase from black book stores locally or online.

Welsing, Frances Cress, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), 1970.

Welsing, Frances Cress, The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors, Third World Press, 1990.