The American Psychoanalytical Association has just published a paper in its flagship journal that introduces the concept of ‘parasitical whiteness’. The APA does not appear to realise that Critical Social Justice is a ‘dismantle and replace’ project. Once its concepts are introduced and established they are then used as a weapon against the host (discipline/ study/subject/practice etc). Psychoanalysis will soon be framed as an expression of ‘parasitical whiteness’ and this school of therapy will then be replaced with a Critical Theory version.
On Having Whiteness
Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples. Once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions. Such interventions can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites—to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages wreaked by the chronic condition can function either as warning (“never again”) or as temptation (“great again”). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.