No apology: Yale releases lukewarm statement on speaker who said she dreams of shooting white people

Yale addressed the violent content only when a recording of the event was published outside of the university's website.

Speaking to the Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Aruna Khilanani said, "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of white person that got in my way."

Yale University has not apologized for a Child Study Center event at which the invited speaker discussed violent fantasies of harming white people and called white people “demented, violent predator[s]”.

Dr. Aruna Khilanani, a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, gave a Grand Rounds lecture on April 6, titled “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind.” Yale only addressed Khilanani’s controversial statements yesterday, after Bari Weiss posted an audio recording of the session to her Substack. 

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”I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor,” said Khilanani. 

She went on to describe talking to a white person about race as “asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain’t gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain.”

In a statement, Yale Medical School called the lecture’s “tone and content” as “antithetical to the values of the school,” but doubled down on its decision to post the video of the talk online with access restricted to only those affiliated with the school. 

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Yale noted that the speaker is not affiliated with the school but took no responsibility for inviting her - even alongside acknowledgement that the title of the talk was “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind.” A flyer for the event, published by Bari Weiss, said that the session would help attendees “understand how white people are psychologically dependent on Black rage.”

Historically, Yale has disinvited speakers for political reasons and apologized for racist actions. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes three instances in which Yale disinvited speakers; all were pushed out by the Left. USA Today reported in 2016 that Yale apologized profusely for including a racist cartoon on the program for a football game.

Yale did not respond to a request for comment. The Yale Child Center’s website describes the Grand Rounds lectures as “welcoming to all.”

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