Frances Cress Welsing: Melanin Theory

Following the tragic news of Fraces Cress Welsing’s passing, Black History Month 365 is making the pledge to broadcast her theories so that you may learn more about the woman who redefined the discussion around Racism.

In her most recited piece of work; The Isis Papers, comes Welsing’s most famous theory; Melanin Theory.

The theory originates around the concept that white people are the genetically defective descendants of albino mutants. Welsing also states that because of this “defective” mutation, they may have been forcibly expelled from Africa, explaining the journey many humans took, out from Africa and into the rest of the world. For White people, their journey out of Africa took them into modern Europe.

This notion is further developed into addressing White Supremacy, by stating that because it is so easy for ‘pure’ whiteness to be genetically lost during interracial mixing, White-skinned people developed an aggressive colonial urge to protect this mutation, creating dominating societies over all others, particularly through military force at the cost of any coloured societies development.

Welsing ascribes certain inherent and behavioural differences between Black and White people to a “melanin deficiency” in white people. Welsing proposes what she calls a “functional definition of racism”

Her book; the Isis Papers explains it as such;

“Functional Definition Of Racism = White Supremacy = Apartheid: As a black behavioral scientist and practicing psychiatrist, my own functional definition of racism (white supremacy) is as follows: “Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structure, maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action, and emotional response, as conducted, simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war); for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth – a planet upon which the vast and overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white (black, brown, red and yellow) by white-skinned people, and all of the non-white people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white-skinned people.”

Supporters of the theory find credence in that the majority of historical records. For example, almost all European, Fennoscandian, the larger Scandinavian powers and Baltic regions established a deep seated, Anti-Foreign/Anti-Black sentiment from their inception as small tribes and colonies into their development which they hold today. To Welsing’s supporters, this evidence enough to find Melanin Theory almost ‘self-proving’.

Furthermore, with the historical treatment of Albino persons being sceptical at best and genocidal at worst, the premonition that Albino people were forced from Africa is a possibility, though the reasoning for their departure is up for debate. Did they leave out of fear for their safety? It is an established truth that Albino people are regularly murdered for perceived magical healing powers, or were they expelled? With Ancient African’s strongly believing in supernatural occurrences, could an Albino child be seen as a curse?

These questions are raised within the Isis Papers, though remain unanswered due to a lack of evidence dating so far back into Human History.

However, despite the strength of the evidence based on Colonial documentation; Welsing’s theory does verge into the realm of philosophy, rending some of the empirical evidence she finds ,redundant.

As such, critiques of Welsing’s theory revolves around the plausible claim that melanin, like serotonin is a neurotransmitter, and like serotonin which affects hormones and therefore thought processes and mood, Melanin changes behaviour also. This factor, to Welsing makes ‘Blackness’ an established basis for moral, or more specifically; normal human behaviour.

As such, Welsing’s Melanin Theory draws critique from a number of Philosophical, Scientific and Historical sources.

From a Historical and Scientific viewpoint, many argue that the transition from African climates to the colder, European ones is where the lighter pigmentation of the skin occurred, as the lack of sunlight means there is a lack of Vitamin D, which creates melanin. Ultimately, this forces the skin to naturally become lighter over time.

Philosophically, the idea that moral behaviour exists is grounds for debate and has been since before the time of Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece.

It also means that a collection of people being truly moral , independent of any moral evil is difficult to fathom, as it would imply that the whiter you are, the more evil you are too.

Nonetheless, Welsing defended her initial viewpoint and held it separate from the critiques, as any critique of her work, was from a Eurocentric viewpoint- one her ideology stood to oppose.

Naturally, Welsing’s theories are ones that exploit a grey area in Human knowledge. It is the lack of empirical data on both sides which gives both arguments; that Humans naturally migrated from Africa to colder climates and then lightened, as well as her theory that White Africans were expelled to become White Europeans – equally plausible.

In our next breakdown of Frances Cress Welsing; BHM365 analyses her belief in society and it’s constructions with Welsing’s Unified Field Theory.

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Oh my, what interesting pseudoscientific nonsense. The alt right will be so pleased that someone is poisoning black activism with fantasy literature.

Loool when you can’t take the truth^

White people really can’t take truth

Frances Cress Welsing’s entire theory is based primarily on opinion and not real science, she has absolutely no scientific proof to prove her theory, she has never presented this pseudoscience before peer review, how can any so-called intelligent person believe such nonsense. i can see why she was terminated from Howard University.

When the truth is too much beaming to sustain. Now I can see the “who” from the “why” Frances Cress Welsing was terminated from Harvard University

It may seem like fantasy but look closer and you’ll see it’s reality. Can anyone else explain the conditions that we as Africans find ourselves in worldwide? We are in deep trouble and it’s my sincere hope that all African people begin to wake up and challenge this desperate situation. Stop listening to Beyoncé, jay z and arm ourselves with knowledge, self respect. Frances Welsing was a great woman who sought to help her people. What are we doing? Let’s really get serious and fight in the spirit of malcolm x, Marcus Garvey , Winnie Mandela.

Positive people see an opportunity in every worry, while negative people see some kind of worry in every opportunity.

Dr Francess Welsing produced a great work, any black person can relate and experience the system racism white supremacy that 90% of human being are experiencing.

As a black person, I can say this is total pseudoscience. Black people are quite capable of evil too. Look at African history.

i have never read such a toxic and stupid crap in my whole life. i can imagine that hitler’s “mein kampf” is about as radical, stupid and simple-minded as this toxic theory that will never help to heal interracial problems! sad!

Toxic and stupid…you did not read the work!!! For those who says the theory is “unproven” so I guess Marxism as theoretical framework has been “proven”. Social scientific theories are logically deduced frameworks used to explain phenomena. The theory of white supremacy is a theoretical framework which is verified daily in the news media and social relations among race groups worldwide.

Dr. Welsing was a medical doctor, psychiatrist specifically, like Freud she learned a great deal from her interaction with her patients…like Freud…like Freud she tested her theoretical propositions with her patients, as well as observing the world at large…like Freud, Jung, etc.!!!

Dr Francis Cress Welsing, you say is Bess on theory her opinion, but most is based on opinion guest work you died they said, finding out what works is the true point. The Covid 19 is going along the same theoretical line’s.

So black people were super racist to albinos, albinos got booted out of Africa, they were bitter about it and (established Europe) and as revenge they were super racist back to black people and now here we are? Interesting theory. Way to give white supremacy some moral high ground, unbelievable.

Dr. Welsing’s and Fuller Jr.’s works are more important now than ever before. As so called white people understand that they are genetic recessive mutants, and that their decision makers understand that whites only have a limited time left on this earth. But one impriant caveat of Welsing’s work is that NO ONE KNOWS where whites come from, or what they want, and why they’re obsessed with nonwhite ppl and exploiting nonwhites and the planet…and why whites are in such a rush to get off this planet and do all over again some more.

Thank you Doctor Cress, May you Rest In Peace. We black people have always wondered why white people act the way that they do. We knew that they are recessive but didn’t understand their inherent need to raid other peoples land and resources, their need to perch themselves above others based on skin color and their need to claim majority status in the world when they are clearly in the minority. We are in a world revolution at this time, not just an US revolution.

Thank you Dr Welding,may you rest in peace.At best your theories provide a very relevant framework around racism. Collectively white people have been dangerous for non-white people,though having said that there are many white people who are simply good human beings,so there is I believe a huge subconscious basis for collective actions. I buy into most of your theories.I would say that education certainly needs to be addressed for both white and black. The BLM movement has even educated me on previous unknown elements about our African history,which western society at large is massively ignorant about.

Major European Philosophers (Kant, Hume, Saltre) have all stated the exact claims of white superiority as Dr. Cress-Welsing only from their lens as the oppressor (Transcendental Norm). Dr Cress-Welsing is speaking from the oppressed lens and expounded it to 20th/21st century analysis. Therefore, I understand everyone’s positionality in this post except for Mtutu Ngala! Brotha you need to re-read the article and understand what she is talking about. Africana history of oppression isn’t this topic.

A cursory glance at the below website, pictures of Dravidian albinos, examples of mixed race children across the world will confirm there is something to Cress-Welsings theory.

Horrible nonsense. This pseudo-scientific nonsense is the basis for the “separate but equal” ideology of “black supremacy”. It is the reason why Louis Farakhan sees eye to eye with Richard Spencer.

The white “race” is uniquely fragile and genetically inferior… ask your daughter.

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