A Quick, Yet Important Post 2

up to my eyebrows in reading. will do big post this weekend (I swear) on the topic of Gluttony. You’ll dig it. It was another special on the history channel.

But for now. Congratulations US, you have a new president. He seems to be excited for change, excited for his job, excited for his people. It’s good, it’s we needed the change- it’s inspiring. BUT…
If I hear one more white person talk about this is proof we are all equal regardless of skin color, I may be forced to strangle them. Those of you who consider yourself white and think the problem is dead: The only reason you can ignore difference is because of the power you have in the social hierarchy- the social hegemony. As Hirsch states in her book Family Frames (talking about the family of man exhibit) the only people who see equality [in all of the exhibit’s images] are the ones with the power to accept that they’re not us. While this is a radical phrasing of that, there is some truth to it.
Am I a racist- absolutely not. But I do believe that the way to combat racism is to stop talking about the birth of equality, and to talk about how racism looms in our every action; how it is a subliminal structure in our every day existence. Brushing it under the carpet with the excuse of a semi-black president is not going to make things better. We need to talk about the elephant in the room until the non-existent, social categories begin to deconstruct. As it stands now, we’re pretending that we can see through the mesh wall that is the barrier of racism. It is not dead, merely more translucent because the white people say so.
Disclaimer: I am not a race theorist. This may possibly be an ignorant post- yet it is how I’ve felt the last couple of days. Am I excited for change? Yes. I am not, however, in the false sense of hope that the racist underpinnings have been destroyed merely because we’ve put a black man, a powerful and brilliant one at that, in the white house. 

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2 thoughts on “A Quick, Yet Important Post

  • Rimi

    Had I met someone who held the belief that an African American man’s ascent to presidency somehow implied and end to racism, I would have laughed at his face. An assumption like that transcends naivete and descends into shallow silliness. There, I’ve said it. I was equally appalled by people who theorised Palin would eat into Clinton’s disappointed support group read, “feminists”), because both Palin and Clinton were women. The sheer uninformed idiocy of it, really.Incidentally, your word verification is “nusse”, which is German for “nuts!” 😀

  • bryce

    The deleted comment above is not censoring- it was my duplicate post to this one. If you have a comment, please feel free to post without fear of censorship. I thought that it was equally interesting how, during this election campaign (and even the democratic nomination), people conflated the discrimination that occurs in racism and sexism. As if [rich] white women [of power] were faced with the same issues as [rich] black men AND women [of power].There’s equally a conflation that goes on that the racism that Barak Obama faces (which I’m sure is there) is the same as that faced by the everyday Black American. WE HAVE TO BE AWARE that there is not just 1 racism that is mass applied to all of the African Americans, Black Americans, Dark Americans, Inter-racial Americans (not to mention every genre of American who has not been assimilated to white-ness)- rather different levels of racism. That faced by minority academics is NOT the same faced by the minority work force.