Khilanani: From High Racism to Low Comedy in One Interview

From pure race hatred, Aruna Khilanani next ascends to the dizzying heights of low comedy in her interview with Katie Herzog.

 

She takes it on faith that white people are, everywhere and always, racked by guilt. How she knows this is anyone’s guess, but Khilanani evinces not the slightest doubt. White guilt underpins all the various emotional/psychological maladies her white patients present to her. Such is Khilanani’s assumption whether or not her patients, or anyone else, actually reports feeling guilty.

 

So why are white people racked with guilt?

 

I think it’s colonialism. That history. If you do this much lying to yourself it's going to have an effect on your mind. There's no way it can’t.

 

Yes, that’s it. What else could it be? White Americans who’ve never had anything to do with long-ago U.S. foreign policy and many of whom are likely ignorant of it, nevertheless haul around the weight of guilt about that past like sway-backed mules. So heavy is that weight that it distorts us psychologically and yet simultaneously, most of us are entirely unaware of either its weight or its effects on us. Fortunately, we have Khilanani to set us straight. Herzog raises the issue of that disconnect from the past, but Khilanani’s ready for her. Her response is, in effect, Q.E.D.

 

White people experience this as normal. That’s their level of functioning that feels normal but it’s picked up in everything. It’s picked up in history, it's picked up in all aspects of culture.

 

So, a white person who doesn’t feel a present-day sense of guilt about times before they were born is simply in denial about the guilt that’s actually there. Khilanani knows it’s there, well, just because. Absence of guilt becomes evidence of guilt. At least in white people.

 

How does Khilanani know? What evidence convinces her of the overwhelming guilt whites have but about which we’re ignorant? Wait for it.

 

White people have an intense level of guilt. I have never seen a level of guilt that I see among white people. I mean, white people don't eat bread. Think about that. There have been wars all over the world over grains and bread and only here, white people are depriving themselves.

 

Seriously, that’s what she said. “White people don’t eat bread.” By that point in the interview, I thought I was ready for anything, but no. The treble notions that (a) white people don’t eat bread and (b) that indicates race-wide guilt that’s (c) all about colonialism, I must confess, did catch me off guard.

 

Actually, I have it on good authority that many of us do - eat bread, that is. But weirder still, what Khilanani was really talking about were complaints about celiac disease in which gluten is blamed for certain symptoms people report. In fact, many people of all races throughout the world report celiac symptoms and refrain from eating wheat products to try to reduce or eliminate them. Those basic facts have been known for many years, just not by Khilanani. So not only does bread have nothing to do with guilt or colonialism, but limiting its intake is in no way confined to whites. Other than getting literally everything wrong, Khilanani’s spot-on.

 

Herzog gamely tries to impose order on the mess:

 

But what does bread have to do with violence? What’s the connection there?

 

I think the bread is about guilt and needing to keep them in a state of deprivation and stay guilty.

 

Or possibly those who have removed wheat bread from their diets replace it with something else, thereby not maintaining the “state of deprivation” that’s so necessary to Khilanani’s thesis. But since such a commonsense idea tends to undermine that thesis, she’s not about to entertain it. She’s latched onto a notion she believes to be a fact, even though it’s not one, and isn’t letting it go.

 

I’d hesitate to ask her what it means about my psyche that I limit my intake of carbohydrates in order to keep my A1C count down. I suspect I know her answer – unfelt white guilt brought on by colonialism. True, it was my Indian doctor that suggested I cut down on carbs, but I’m sure he’s just suffering from the “internalized whiteness” Khilanani sees in all POCs who disagree with her and about which I wrote last time. Khilanani is one of those people who bends every fact (and plenty of non-facts) of life to her own purpose - the promotion of CRT.

 

Then there’s Khilanani’s circular logic, a matter about which she seems blissfully unaware. It runs like this: “White people feel guilty. Why? Colonialism. How do you know? Because white people feel guilty.” High school freshmen can do better.

 

If logic isn’t her strong suit, then how about self-awareness? For Khilanani, that too seems rather a sticky wicket. So, for example, she tells Herzog this:

 

But I would say that who I am inside the room is exactly who I am outside the room. My patients have a pretty good sense of who I am.

 

I doubt it. I’m happy to be proven wrong, but I don’t for an instant believe that her patients know the extent of her hatred of white people, her dismissiveness of anyone, white or black, who disagrees with her loony ideas. Does she play for her patients a recording of her astonishingly unhinged and racist rant at Yale? If so, how does she retain patients? No, until I see her evidence, I don’t believe that her patients have any idea of who Aruna Khilanani is.

 

But, thanks to Bari Weiss and Katie Herzog, we do. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s one we all need to see.

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