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“John Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist” By James McIntosh, M.D.

“John Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist” By James McIntosh, M.D.

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James C. McIntosh, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist in Queens New York. He is a Graduate of Hunter College Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Co-Chair CEMOTAP, Inc. (The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People)

135-05 Rockaway Blvd. S. Ozone Park, NY 11420



James C. McIntosh, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist in Queens New York. He is a Graduate of Hunter College Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Co-Chair CEMOTAP, Inc. (The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People)

135-05 Rockaway Blvd. S. Ozone Park, NY 11420

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“John Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist”
 By James McIntosh
“John Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist”
 By James McIntosh
The following is the text of a speech delivered by Psychiatrist Dr. James McIntosh, at the recent reopening of John Henrik Clarke House
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Professor John Henrik Clarke was my teacher, my mentor and hero at Hunter College. He wasmy instructor for 16 of the credits I took in my Black Studies major. He influenced every aspectof my life, what I named my children where I live and where I worked-- everything. Mydaughter is named Asantewa because Professor Clarke taught me about the Warrior Queen YaaAsantewa. My oldest son is named Tayari (in honor of both Kabili Tayari and Tayari Casel)but also because Tayari means prepared or ready and Dr. Clarke taught us that we should havenation building skills and be prepared. My youngest son Molefi has the middle name Henrik because Dr. Clarke had changed his own middle name from Henry to Henrik. I worked atHarlem Hospital because Dr. Clarke suggested I work at Harlem Hospital when I asked himwhere I should do residency when I completed medical school.I met Professor Clarke as one of the students involved in the struggle to form the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the struggle to bring Professor Clarke as afaculty member to Hunter College. There were some very heavy students there and my job inthat struggle was more muscle than intellectual. I was recently back at the college from Vietnamand student leaders would tell me to stand by a door and look ugly as we sat in and laid siege tovarious offices in the college. In the course of that struggle my consciousness was raised and Ieventually changed my major from mathematics to Black Studies -- right there in the departmentwe had forced the college to create.Dr. Clarke surprised me one day by asking me to represent the department on behalf of thestudents at a large conference the Hunter College Department of Education was holding upstate.This invitation was expressing in me a confidence that I certainly did not yet have in myself andI argued with him that there were far more intellectually powerful student leaders such as JamesOllie, Felix Rivera and Cecilia Clay that were eminently more qualified to represent thedepartment but Dr. Clarke said "No, I want you to do it."For three days at the conference I did not say a word. I simply listened in disbelief as I heard andobserved the racism of the largely white gathering. Finally at the last plenary session which wasbeing taped for a TV program I was placed on a panel with Professor Clarke even though I wasstill saying nothing. Professor Clarke turned to me and said, "Boy you can't sit up here for threedays and say nothing." I said, Professor Clarke, I don't want to say anything that wouldembarrass you. He reassured me that I could let loose without causing him any embarrassment.
 
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“John Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist”
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Armed with only, at best, 2 Black Studies courses I began to light into the racist things that hadbeen said at the conference. The place caught on fire. Some of the other Black folks scattered inthe audience and who had also been sitting in silence up to that point, now jumped in supportingmy statements. Soon some of the white faculty began to direct their fire at me. But I found thatwith the smattering of Black History information I had, I could easily refute their statements andarguments. Professor Clarke had already taken the time to show me and all the Black studentsthe power of African History at one of our invasions of the College Faculty Council. It was therethat we witnessed Professor Clark decimate the college's top scholars -- telling the mathinstructors what they did not know about the origin of math, the Romance language instructorswhat they did not know about Russian, Spanish and French history and literature as he hit themwith the Moorish invasion, Pushkin and several generations of the Dumas family. So there I wasat this conference with my two courses trying to do the same thing and actually doing it. It waslike I had a machine gun rat tat tat tat tat I was mowing them down.Soon one of the big guns at the conference fired. He shouted at me, in a thick Germanic accent,"You are arrogant, you are arrogant," but I just mowed him down. I said "you call me arrogantwhen a few minutes ago I heard you use the phrase Red China. You are the epitome of arrogance; calling the Peoples Republic of China --red China and calling the little island TaiwanChina. That's is like calling mainland United States-- Red America and calling Manhattan IslandThe United States. I looked at Professor Clarke and he was smiling. The Black folks in theaudience were smiling. When the real big guns came out, Professor Clarke took over, coolytaking a straight razor out of his jacket pocket-- not a real straight razor. This is a metaphor y'all.He took out his razor and slit every opposing throat in the place. The conference was blownapart. When it was over everyone was excited all the Black people gathered around us andProfessor Clarke was beaming, like a Bear who had just taught his cub to hunt.Now as professor Clarke would say, I will get to the subject of my lecture. My topic is "John
Henrik Clarke Master Psychiatrist.” But Professo
r Clarke is not a psychiatrist you might say andI once might have agreed with you. For it is only recently that I realized what a psychiatrist hewas for me personally and what a role he played in my ever becoming a psychiatrist. It wasProfessor Clarke who taught me about Imhotep and who first introduced me to the work of Fanon, Senghor and to the literature which would lead me to the works of Wright, Akbar,Kambon, Karenga, Asante, Ani, Wilson, Welsing, Nobles etc.

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