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The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors

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A collection of 25 essays examining the neuroses of white supremacy.
Paperback, 301 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by C.W. Publishing (first published November 1982)
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Eden Adele
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first read this when I was in college (in the '80s) and I've been fascinated by it ever since. I appreciate her psychiatric approach to tying together the relevance of symbols that are seemingly unrelated. I'm doing it no justice in my explanation, but in actually reading the book - the concept makes much sense.

If you're open to thinking of things in ways you probably never did before, this is a great book for you.
Senien Hicks
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Loved It. I still use it to decode unconscious behavior of our race to this day.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This woman is a fringe kook but I have no doubt that mainstream psychiatry has plans to first classify any "racist" feelings among whites as a disorder and eventually even acknowledging that there is such a thing as race. This book also goes a long way to prove what I often say that people who work in the mental health field are quite often mentally unstable themself.

The main point Welsing tries to get across in this point is that so called white racism is the result of an concious and subconci
John Glover
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: good-books
This is a good book that I had years ago, I've lost it or loaned it out so I have purchased it again so I can read it again.
It gives insight into racial things in this country.
Nikhil P. Freeman
Apr 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: curious amateur psychologists
"Balls theory" was spot on or rather I thought along similar lines myself: the fascination or rather hero worship of men who play around/with balls--whether foot, basket, base or golf. However, the rabid homophobia spoiled it and the melanin equals special powers completely lost me.

As dark and lovely as I am, I can attest that melanin does not give a person supernatural powers.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book takes a good look at the conditioning of the black mind. As radical as many of Dr. Welsing's theories are, when I began to look at things through her lens, I realized one simply cannot afford to overlook the fact that she is symbolically right.
Sep 02, 2010 added it
This book opened my mind to many issues. The essays make you think.
Jan 23, 2008 added it
Shannette Slaughter
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read this one you missing some vial pieces in the psychology of the American born African. Written in easy to digest Essays Frances Cress Welsing has made the information accessible.She's brilliant.
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An eye opener that inspired me to read further on dealing with the issue of color. Color is beautiful and the rest of the world knows this. The Symbols that Welsing uncovers are shocking yet so poignant.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We need more enlightment on such issues,plus this blackwoman is a voice for progress those who don't get it just shows their limited understanding of whts going on around them peace i-god!
perez carlos
very enlighting make u say wow! and yearn to know more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was probably one of the most powerful texts I've ever read in terms of its complete analysis on how white supremacy's fingers extend into every facet of life that can be controlled, thus producing devastating consequences that are still present through my existence as a 'free' black woman. It's unbelievable to me how much the author's theory makes sense and how it can logically be connected to all subsequent actions that influence both public and private life with different levels of h ...more
Stacey Flores
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Pyschiatrist Cress Welsing's functional definition of racism - the local and global power system structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; this system 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). The ultimate purp ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
At the point at which the author equated the football field goal as being a psychological representation of the black male (because the football is non-white and large) penetrating the white woman (the white goal posts are the legs of a woman on her back), I began to wonder if this book was not clever satire on psychoanalysis. At the point at which she summated all African religion in a single sentence, and then as corollary stated that the white man is incapable of experiencing true transcend f ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
very early and prophetic insights into African Americans and mental illness (if one is enlightened). A great read.
Jun 23, 2009 added it
Wow, is all can say about his book.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I found Dr. Welsing's writing very dense and difficult to get through. Much of here theories were far-fetched in my opinion.
Dante Taylor
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
She did her homework on the subject matter. Very interesting insight into the white supremacist psyche.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. It address the reason racism exists and much more.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to engage in a political conversation with anyone ever again who hasn’t read and fully dissected this book. Don’t read it in a state of denial, but from a state of wanting to “know” what is going on out here in this world. I will say, it is not for the faint of heart. You have to be ready to receive truth. That means, this knowledge is not for you to agree with or disagree with. Just receive it. Let it sit with you. Open your mind. Open your heart. See.
Dr. Welsing passed away on January 2nd, 2016, so I decided to pick this book up again in her honor. She was a pioneer in her own right as well as a very important figure in the African American community. The work she did throughout her life was amazing and note-worthy. I admire Dr. Welsing, but this book, not so much. There is a lot of good in the book, but also a lot of imbalance in terms of structure and delivery as well as some theories that are far-fetched and based on nothing but assumptio ...more
Karla Guady
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Fascinating theories, rollercoaster of a read. I found myself oscillating between rolling my eyes at the absurdity of Cress' unbacked claims to incessantly reading on, wide eyed and transfixed. I took a hiatus after chapter 10 and came back to the second half of the book about a month later and I found that the break served the rest of my reading well. I am not sure if it was me or the current sociopolitical state or that Cress becomes more subtle and nuanced as the essays progress but I found t ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing was speaking from a Psychiatric understanding of the many suggestions all around us for decades, even centuries, but on the subconscious mind. Not necessarily the conscious mind.
I am not a racist either. I am white and see way too many little suggestive themes all around us, that just may have effect on the mind and behaviors of many, but stemming from the subconscious. Genetically I do see many authentic qualities in black men and women that I can not help but admir
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Very deep is all I can say. Once you get past the 1st two chapters, you are on your way. There are a few bumps here and there, but in the end you will be amazed and want to pick up more literature like this.
very blunt in her approach, good for women who need a strong voice and desires a command of the reading language. She is a linguist of great character.

peace and light
Brautha Minister
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome guide to understanding White Supremacy culture/system
Angela Chester
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book was amazing. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Anyone who doesn't like this book is narrowed minded and sees only their view of the world. I would recommend this book to everyone!
Muhammad Bilal
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Must read for all people. Great incite from the author. Excellent book.
Too Many Thoughts
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Firstly I'd like to clearly state that those who think that ALL white people are racist and ALL have plans to tear down the black and other non-white races then they SHOULD NOT read this. This book SHOULD NOT prompt you to treat white people badly, as not ALL white peoplea are racist.
OK, that aside this book did have some really interseting ideas. I didn't read through all of it chronologically as it isn't a fictional books but a compilations of papers regarding white supremisy alongside it's ca
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