Posts Tagged ‘Whiteness’

White man’s burden (to teach the dark-skinned how to overcome racial prejudice)

Freitag, Mai 17th, 2013
I find it rather disturbing to see a map about „racial tolerance“ shared over Facebook which is so deeply racist that it makes me wanna throw up.

First of all, it’s sheer bullshit. You cannot statistically compare reactions to a concept like „race“ that operates differently in completely different regional contexts. For instance, in Germany (and perhaps throughout Europe) it’s inseparably connected with Nazi race ideology which sent millions of people to the gas chambers, whereas in the U.S. it’s kind of a politically neutral term made to denote „skin color.“ Even funnier, if you go back to the past, race in the French context could denote something like class consciousness, for the aristocracy had invented itself as a „race“ apart from the common people. And who knows exactly what race is made to denote in India, Africa or the Arab peninsula? But what we know exactly, especially from the German context, is that „racism“ does not cease to exist with the concept of race becoming unutterable and culturally taboo. It can be replaced by terms like „culture“ or „place of origin.“

So, after all, what is the ideological statement of this ridiculous map? Its assertion is that „fair-skinned“ people are the vanguard of tolerance and enlightenment, whereas the dark-skinned are „still racist“ to the fullest. Towards whom? We don’t know. Traditionally, racism is the ideology of white power over the other in the framework of colonial conquest, imperialism and the historical aftermath of slavery. What this map tries to accomplish then is to turn this power relationship upside down in order to renew the ideology of „white man’s burden“ to civilize the backward (= darker-skinned) people, although, ironically, this time in the global fight against „racial prejudice.“

Antiracism is part of the mobilization of our side for class war

Dienstag, Dezember 27th, 2011

The United States, like every capitalist society, is composed of masters and slaves. The problem is that many of the slaves think they are part of the master class because they partake of the privileges of the white skin. The abolitionists‘ aim is not racial harmony but the abolition of the white race, as part of the mobilization of our side for class war. There are many poor whites in the U.S. In fact, the majority of the poor are white. Whiteness does not exempt them from exploitation, it reconciles them to it. It holds down more whites than blacks, because it makes them feel part of a system that exploits and degrades them. For those people, whiteness does not bring freedom and dignity. It is a substitute for freedom and dignity. It is for those who have nothing else. Its abolition is in the interests of all those who want to be free, „whites“ no less than others.