Frances Cress Welsing: Unified Field Theory

In the second part of our series on the Afrocentric Psychiatrist, Frances Cress Welsing, we take at look at her most controversial theory; The Unified Field Theory.

Unified Field Theory, or as Welsing described it ‘Unified Field Theory Psychiatry’, is Welsing’s take on a broader societal framework encompassing Biology, Psychology and Physics.
The model is supposedly based on the determinist model from Physicist Albert Einstein; that within every event exists conditions that prevent another event from ever existing.
It therefore directly contradicts the indeterminacy theories presented by Max Born and Werner Heisenberg; which dictate that almost every event is uncertain.

As such, Welsing uses her Unified Field Theory to explain a concept of ‘behaviour-energy’ and its’ relation in underlying racial conflict.

In Welsing’s examples of how Unified Field Theory is applied to a racial conflict, Welsing refers to situations where racially based aggression serves to support the aggressor; such as boarder controls to exclude persons based on race, colour, sexual orientation or wealth. Another example in which Welsing applies her theory is in the example of Jim Crow-era diners; where People of colour were excluded from dining with white patrons so that primarily, more space is available for white diners.

Welsing further develops this theory to assert that the ‘behaviour-energy behind racial conflicts, are also present in Sexism and more recently; Homosexuality.

Welsing explains that sexism is a natural stance to take for a male who feels inadequate to defend himself without using physical violence. As such, Welsing explains that the generally poor treatment of Black women is due to the behaviour-energy exerted by people in power who aim to disenfranchise Black women and thereby, generations of Black people as a result.

She also goes so far as to explain that by disenfranchising Black women, Black men feel no need to remain with their spouses once the pair produce children; thereby validating the rise of single parent families and attributing the fundamental cause to White Supremacist sociological tactics.

Whilst Welsing’s theory was difficult to prove in the 1990’s, the access and popularity of social media coinciding with the rise in number of highly educated women in the western world, has begun to show the true extent of sexism when accompanied with racism.

Whilst Welsing acknowledges that all women experience elements of sexism in different ways depending on factors such as wealth, education and social status, her theory is validated when it is apparent that there are negative experiences that only women of colour (WoC) endure because of a racist and sexist societal structure.

Now whilst Welsing has received praise for her theory being validated with regards to a sexist societal framework, heavy criticisims have befallen her with regards to the application of the Unified Field Theroy with regards to Homosexuality within the Black community.

For Welsing, the origins of Homosexuality for Black men stem within White Supremacists during the colonial era. For Welsing’s examples, she sites cases of Slave owners who bred their slaves.

On the majority of plantations, slave owners would house their strongest male slaves in a shack, naming them ‘bulls’; where they would be expected to breed with the strongest female slaves, producing what they hoped would be a new generation of stronger slaves.
However, some particularly distressing accounts that Welsing calls on features first hand documents from the plantation managers who blindfolded the ‘bulls’ and would force an insubordinate male slave to be raped.

Whilst Welsing does not imply that the practice of rape is the underlying cause for homosexuality, she does explain that the act in principle removes a man from the greater reproductive gene pool and ultimately weakening the chances of survival for Black people as there are less males to reproduce with.

Welsing goes on to explain that homosexuality in Black men is therefore not a choice, but is a subconscious barrier placed on Black people by a white supremacist framework which serves to destabilise the Black population from being sustainable.

Because of the harsh tones and lack of evidence Welsing could attribute to the basis of her findings with regards to Homosexuality, supporters of Welsing have struggled to justify the claims, though due to the late evolution of the theory in Welsings later life, some say it was a working theory that she did not have time to complete before her passing.

In our third part on Frances Cress Welsing’s work, BHM 365 takes a look at ‘Symbols’ and their interpretations with regards to racism.

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