Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, a psychiatrist who authored “The Isis Papers,” died January 2 in Washington, D.C. after suffering stroke. Dr. Welsing was 80.
A Chicago native, Welsing, the daughter of a physician and a school teacher, graduated from Howard University Medical School.
Welsing caused a stir after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population.
She wrote that prison was the epitome of white supremacy and that black men are feminized in prison. They are given orders by men; they have to wait to be fed three times a day, and finally, they have sexual intercourse with men.
Welsing was born Frances Luella Cress on March 18, 1935.
Her father, Henry N. Cress, was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a teacher. In 1957, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in 1957 and an M.D. from Howard in 1962. She lived in Washington, D.C.
“The Isis Papers” was published in 1991 by Third World Press, which is based in Chicago.