Racism, Truth, and Politics in 2016

by Jane M. Orient, M.D.

In my abnormal human psychology class a half century ago, we studied Sigmund Freud’s neurotic defense mechanisms. While Freud has been discredited in many ways, his idea of projection seems obviously valid to me—not so much as a sign of a psychiatric illness, but as a political tactic: Accuse your opponent of what you yourself are doing. Maybe that’s a subset of “the best defense is a good offense.”

Half of Trump’s supporters—the ones in Hillary Clinton’s irredeemable “basket of deplorables”—are presumed guilty of the unforgivable sin of racism. If whites are unaware of racist feelings, they are still there, buried deep in the subconscious, to be exposed by corrective psychoanalysis or reeducation.

But many psychologists or psychiatrists these days prefer to look at behavior. We might ask: what is the most egregious thing a racist could do? How about denying or “banishing” her own biracial child—or stepchild?

Danney Williams, a black man, makes one plea to Hillary Clinton in an interview with Alex Jones on InfoWars: Don’t keep him from getting the proof of what he has been claiming for many years–that Bill Clinton is his father.

His mother has always told him so. Bill Clinton, she said, was her only white client. Other evidence is a strong facial resemblance, and the testimony of preachers, his Aunt Lucille, and others. Williams’s mother and family also received envelopes of cash and Christmas gifts, delivered by Arkansas state troopers when Clinton was governor—until, it is believed, Hillary put a stop to it.

But who will believe the testimony of a poor black woman, who sold her body to earn money to feed her children, and even served time in jail? Or of other lower-class black folks? Who will trust the childhood memories of a biracial man, who spent a lot of time in foster care? In contrast, women’s reports of being touched “inappropriately” decades ago, surfacing for the first time just prior to the election, are given credence and endless media coverage. Is that because the women are white, or because they are attacking a Republican?

Apparently, nobody has asked Hillary about Danney. Perhaps she would give her standard answer: “I don’t recall.”

Williams is asking Bill Clinton for a blood sample for forensic paternity testing. It is claimed that “DNA testing” has already disproved the relationship. However, the test used to show that the semen on Monica Lewinsky’s dress was probably Bill Clinton’s is reportedly not accurate for ruling out paternity.

Williams takes his five children to the Clinton Library. He believes that their grandfather is a great man, a former President of the United States, and that they are entitled to know their heritage. He is willing to take the risk that the truth he says he is seeking may not be what he hopes, and he’ll have to seek elsewhere for his roots.

It is ironic that William Jefferson Clinton’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, stands accused of the same thing: fathering children by a black woman. Based on controversial DNA findings (the DNA came from a descendant of Thomas Jefferson’s uncle), some conclude that Jefferson might have fathered at least one child by Sally Hemings, his slave. If so, should his offspring be proud? Jefferson’s reputation as a great man is under sustained attack because of the alleged affair.

Is the question about Clinton’s paternity politically motivated? The timing of Alex Jones’s interview probably is. But Danney Williams has been asking for recognition for decades, and has had a Facebook page for two years—and nobody much cared.

If Bill Clinton knows he is not Danney’s father, he could destroy the credibility of the “alt-right” media by giving a blood sample. If he is Danney’s father, the right thing to do is to acknowledge his fine son and five precious black grandchildren. Was he not said to be the country’s “first black President”?

Hillary says she’s a champion for all children, and women, and minorities, and she wants to be the president of all Americans. Does she have a problem with being stepmother to Danney Williams?

orientDr. Jane M. Orient, M.D., has appeared on major television and radio networks in the U.S. speaking about issues related to Healthcare Reform.

Dr. Jane Orient is the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a voice for patients’ and physicians’ independence since 1943.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and has been the chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society since 1988.

Dr. Jane Orient has been in solo practice of general internal medicine in Tucson since 1981 and is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Her op-eds have been published in hundreds of local and national newspapers, magazines, internet, followed on major blogs and covered in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Dr. Jane Orient authored YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Health Care, published by Crown; the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; and Sutton’s Law, a novel about where the money is in medicine today.

She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Orient’s position on healthcare reform:

“The Healthcare plan will increase individual health insurance costs, and if the federal government puts price controls on the premiums, the companies will simply have to go out of business. Promises are made, but the Plan will deliver higher costs, more hassles, fewer choices, less innovation, and less patient care.”

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Racism, Truth, and Politics in 2016 — 7 Comments

  1. Srsly. Alex Jones? Infowars? This allegation was litigated repeatedly 20-odd years ago, and cynical political operatives rejected it as “garbage”, beneath contempt. And it was pushed by none other than Lucianne Goldberg and Matt Drudge, which is all anyone needs to know:


    Have you no self-respect?

  2. Rudy Giuliani repeated this same bottom-feeding sleaze before the debate:


    Cuban rightly pointed out that Giuliani’s wild conspiracy theory has no merit. Giuliani’s remark seems to refer to a tabloid story from 1992 that Clinton fathered a child with an Arkansas prostitute. Though Clinton’s alleged son continues to push the story on social media and some outlets recently re-circulated it, it was debunked by DNA evidence in 1999.

    Although the story is false, it’s part of the sexist playbook to blame Hillary for Bill’s indiscretions.

    Sleaze. Pure sleaze. And you repeated this sleaze as truth.

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