A white psychoanalyst has published a paper in a respected academic journal branding whiteness 'a malignant, parasitic like condition' that is 'incurable' and triggers 'perverse appetites,' it has been revealed.

Dr. Donald Moss published the article titled On Having Whiteness last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the abstract of which is available online.

Dr. Moss, who teaches psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, has been slammed online by other psychologists and psychiatrists for the new research.


'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,' the abstract for the article reads.

'Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts' appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples.'

The abstract continues: 'Once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions.'

Dr. Donald Moss published the article titled On Having Whiteness last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Dr. Donald Moss published the article titled On Having Whiteness last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

He wrote that whiteness is 'a malignant, parasitic like condition' that is 'incurable' and triggers 'perverse appetites'. Pictured: A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017

He wrote that whiteness is 'a malignant, parasitic like condition' that is 'incurable' and triggers 'perverse appetites'. Pictured: A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017

A screenshot shows the abstract for On Having Whiteness, the article by Dr. Moss

A screenshot shows the abstract for On Having Whiteness, the article by Dr. Moss

Dr. Moss wrote that such interventions 'can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness's infiltrated appetites' while calling whiteness a 'chronic condition' for which 'there is not yet a permanent cure.'

'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,' he wrote. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Dr. Moss for more information on how he came to his findings, as well as additional comment.

Last February, Dr. Moss taught an On Having Whiteness course with the same messages as the new journal article. Tickets for the course cost $40 for members of the general public to attend at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. 


A flier shows that 'learning objectives' for the course included teaching participants how to 'explain the concept of internal racial identity' and 'identify obstacles to clinicians' working effectively with issues of race in the therapeutic relationship.'

Dr. Moss appears to have taught that same course in a presentation at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, though the description for that event was slightly different.

In that course outline, Dr. Moss wrote that whiteness is 'malignant because it spreads/metastasizes, targeting an ever-widening sphere of objects.'

'It is parasitic in that it is contagious, passed on by other infected people. Biologically 'white' people have a particular susceptibility. to 'Whiteness',' Dr. Moss wrote.

'This susceptibility is grounded in pre-existing hierarchical representations of self and object — in any representation that organizes self and other in a vertical relation, powerful and powerless.'

He added: 'For Whiteness, the most perceptually available category over which to establish hierarchical relations is 'color'. Race provides 'Whiteness' its easiest target.'

Last February, Dr. Moss taught an On Having Whiteness course with the same messages as the new journal article, a flier shows

Last February, Dr. Moss taught an On Having Whiteness course with the same messages as the new journal article, a flier shows

People were quick to target Dr. Moss for the 'racist' article in posts made to Twitter.

Psychologist Dr. Philip Pellegrino tweeted: 'How do my colleagues consider this scholarship?' 

'What's the deal with these journals? Is it that no one cares anymore and they're just mailing it in, or are they scared to offend the 'woke' mob, or are they ideologically driven? Does science even factor into this anywhere?' the account @Jess3Livermore responded to Pellegrino's tweet.

Another Twitter user wrote: 'I was skeptical so I looked it up, and yeah this is real and now I want to throw my Psychology degree in the garbage.' 

Dr. Moss has previously written a number of articles for academic journals with provocative titles.

In one journal article, he takes a poetic approach in writing about patients during the COVID-19 pandemic titled: I and You – One Sentence Per Patient Per Session in the Time of COVID.

People took to Twitter to condemn Dr. Moss for the journal article on Wednesday

People took to Twitter to condemn Dr. Moss for the journal article on Wednesday

The meaning of the journal article was not immediately clear, though a preview for it shows the article formatted like a poem or diary entry with the heading 'Day 1.'

Underneath the heading, Dr. Moss wrote: 'Did you forget you could kill yourself? What if she slept with this other guy? Yesterday the salad, today the cookie. I live for the constant alarm, the 24/7. Then I switched to Armenian chants. Aren't you saying that it's wrong? It's what I did, and guess still do, sometimes.'

The article continues: 'My phone gives me a weekly update. Shut the f**k up and give me the baby. All I ask is for one Friday night dinner. We deserved this a long time ago.'

Dr. Moss also addressed 'racism, homophobia, and misogyny' in a journal article from 2001, titled: On Hating in the First Person Plural: Thinking Psychoanalytically About Racism, Homophobia, and Misogyny.

In the abstract for that article, Dr. Moss wrote: 'Effective psychoanalytic work with these hatreds entails resisting the moral pressure to disidentify from them, while bearing the often profound discomfort linked with identifying with them.'

According to the American Psychoanalytic Association, he has studied 'clinical/theoretical/activisist perspectives' in psychoanalysis since the 1980s and is a member of a so-called 'Green Gang' that targets 'hatred' toward the 'natural world.'

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