Skip to comments.All racism happens because of whiteness It really, really does
Posted on 11/15/2012 5:12:47 PM PST by Altura Ct.
Once again, an article about racism wasnt well received by the McGill community. What a surprise
Particularly, Im talking about some of the comments made in regard to the piece, You are racist (Guillermo Martínez de Velasco, October 18, Commentary, page 7), in reference to the authors definition of racism: assuming anything about anyone based on a perceived deviation from a racial norm known as white.
Some of the comments took issue with situating racism within whiteness. Replies questioned examples of intra-racism: racist acts amongst and within racially, ethnically, or nationally homogenous or similar spaces, and historical racism against fellow white bodies (re: persons of Irish, Italian, and Jewish decent). They also questioned the authors lack of statistical evidence (of racism).
I want to focus on these three arguments to directly show that this articles definition of racism was just too perfectly stellar for words.
Before I begin, however, I want to address the reoccurring racism is a social construct notation made by many. Aint it great? Some few individuals have taken one or two sociology courses and have determined that race is a social construct. Let me give you a round of applause .
Race, however, is more than just a social construct; it is also an identity. It is one that people not only subscribe to but see as a way of self-identifying. Emphasizing that race is a social construct, in the ways that many of the commenters did, is exemplary of the exact type of racism the author describes. Identifying and emphasizing the social construction of race, as a white person, is an example of your white privilege. You see race as firstly a social construct because you are white and dont have to think about race and the implications of race in your everyday life in the same way, and to the same immediacy, as racialized people. Race, whether a construct or not, is manifested in ones cultural practice, embodied experience, identity, and life. Wanting the author to stress the socially constructed nature of race invalidates the intricacies and impacts of race in the lives of us, racialized (and racially politicized) bodies, and validates your lack thereof.
Now lets get back to it.
First, intra-racial racism: What about racialized bodies that enact racism against one another? They arent white, so how is that racism (under that definition)* is usually how the rebuttal followed.
Whiteness, as the author clearly explains, is the norm. It is how society functions, exists, sees, and defines itself. And by society, I am indeed making reference to transnational societies that have, in any way, come in contact with whiteness and white societies, be it through colonialism, imperialism, genocide, globalization, developmental aid, technology, et cetera.
To better understand this, lets use an example of intra-racial racism: say, shadeism. The modern forms of shadeism intra-racial/ethnic discrimination based on a persons shade tone, most often dis-privileging darker skinned people are found in cultures, nations and racial groups globally. These include black, South Asian, East Asian, Latin American (and even, believe it or not, white) communities. And although this is intra-racial and occurs within homogeneously racial and ethnic groupings, it is still in line with the definition presented by Martínez de Velasco. It is because whiteness is the norm that shadeism (or intra-racial racism) exists and occurs. Light and lighter skinned people within the North American context are most explicitly valorized, given aesthetic privilege, and possess great amounts of social capital in their ability to navigate spaces much easier than those of darker complexion because they are aesthetically closer to white. Simply, whiteness, even in examples of intra-racial racism, is still the traceable root of the racism because, as the norm, it superiorizes those who are closer to white(ness) and inferiorizes those who arent. Please remember this as we move to the second point.
Second, anti-white racism: Racism happens to white people. What about that?*
Indeed, what we know to be racism has happened to particular white bodies throughout history: for example, to people of Irish, Italian, and Jewish descent. But let me begin by saying, white people, in case you forgot, are racialized too. You have and will always be racialized. But it is whiteness ability to exempt itself from racialization that makes it so crafty in its ability to normalize and inflict racism upon the Other.
Anti-white racism still happens because of whiteness. And while anti-white racism has been predicated on so many factors, understanding that the act of racialization and racializing white peoples such as Jewish people was a central element of anti-white racism is key to understanding my point: white groups were racialized and declared Other.
Lets take Italian-Canadians/Americans for starters. The historical criminalization and problematic conflation of this group to criminal, mafia-related activity is one example of this racialization. These stereotypes have had a longstanding history within visibly racialized groups, especially within the North American context. Criminalization acts as a tool for hyper-visiblizing specific marginalized bodies/groups. Black, Latino, Filipino, and brown bodies are examples of how groups/bodies have been coded as criminals for centuries and subsequently targetted (e.g. racially profiled, demonized, et cetera). To put it simply, the criminalization of peoples is an example of how racialization and racism happen.
Irish racialization occurred in a different form: moral-elitist demonization, if I can coin such a term. Several writers on anti-Irish racism detail how the British demonized the Irish, characterizing them as dirty, drunk, lazy, and violent while defining themselves as civilized, morally pure, and industrious. Now, doesnt this remind you of something? Perhaps colonialism and the same racist colonialist tactic used by the British to racially differentiate and hierarchize themselves as superior to the people of Africa, the West Indies, Latin Americas, et cetera? I think so.
Jews were also racialized and, as such, experienced racism. While some Jewish people experience enormous amounts of white privilege as many of them are white (lets not get that twisted), anti-Semitic racism existed on account of their racialization. Jews, during the Holocaust, were allegedly said to be racially distinguishable from pure whites. Racist distinctions based on physiognomic features that characterized them as different from the desired Aryan race parallels colonialism(s) transnationally and is an example of racialization at its most basic level. Recall the colonial practices of racist, white, anthropological pseudo-science that sought to highlight the physical differences between the black African and white European populaces in hopes of strengthening their claims to racial superiority. Same tactics as those used against the Jews, no?
In all three examples, whiteness takes different forms, but always remains the central point (or norm) from which racism occurs. Whites, who are not criminals, dirty, lazy, or drunk and whose physiognomic features are ever-so flawless, become the picture of (racist) perfection. The Irish, Italians, and Jews, on the other hand, are constructed as the antithesis and, poof there you have it, my friends, racism.
Third, statistical evidence: Can you please provide statistical evidence for your experiences of racism?*
How better to answer than with a whole lot of fuck nos and a side of, sit yo ass down!
This urge white folks have to demand statistical proof of racialized peoples experiences of racism is laughable at best. Racism is multifunctional and multidimensional. It is systemic, institutionalized, embodied, subtle, experiential, overt, everyday, infrequent, and so much more. So to ask me for proof of racism is, number one, racist, and two, aint never gonna happen, like ever. So please, I beg of you, stop asking for such absurdity.
*All quoted comments are paraphrases of actual comments directed to the article, You are racist.
Race doesn’t mean a damned thing. Values do.
The most important race in the election
That is from an actual newspaper?
and people keep buying it? companies keep advertising in it?
The MSM is a joke. We have few great leaders in the USA.
Okay, I’m white so I am racist. I’m stuck with that. Now what.
Well that’s sure convenient for the non-white racists.
To racists, race means everything. Liberals are racists. They teach and promote discrimination, violence and systems of racism to harm the enemy race. Just like the Klan.
Where can I find an English translation for that?
Secession removes the use of past slavery as a political tool.
Print is dead ~ those aren’t newspapers any more, just ghost echoes like in a Dr. Who trip to the end of the universe.
This person is a piece of work. Really.
For some other flotsam and jetsam from this entity, check this out:
Have an empty stomach before you commence. You have been warned.
Yes, it's free, and yes, in that order.
The McGill Daily is a student newspaper at McGill University in Montreal. So not only is it a student newspaper, it's a Quebec student newspaper, which tells you all you really need to know. (Onoz! Racism!)
So I've read the article twice, and I honestly can't tell whether it's serious, or if it's satirizing the October 18 article it referencese, "You Are Racist," which was entirely serious.
That's the problem with postmodern critical theory, of which "Whiteness Studies" is one of the more hilarious. You can't tell the difference between the real thing, and a joke. (Think back to the Sokoll affair a few years ago.)
The McGill Daily is, I believe, the college newspaper at McGill University, Montreal.
A liberal university newspaper.
RASSISSM OBSESSION PING!
(It’s what unites the Left and the Right. Kumbaya comrades.)
“Racism” is an invention of Leon Trotsky, some claim. Whoever did in fact invent it, as it did not exist a century and a half ago, did an excellent job undermining the Westerners belief in the superiority of their history and culture. Like playing along? I maintain that in its clinical form and definition it doesn’t exist since the fall of Germany in 1945. The phenomena is called “ethocentrism” and it is present in every human society. But “racism” brings to mind Dr Mengele and Laurence Olivier,k which is why the word and the accusation has become such a powerful weapon. The author of the above essay is in other words quite clueless playing along with the cliches and banalities of this phenomenon.
Another question, How many times have you thought someone was racist or had racist intents only to have it turn out that it had nothing to do with race?
Well I’m glad we got that cleared up ;-)
“Okay, Im white so I am racist. Im stuck with that. Now what.”
Exactly my thought. Screw’em.
God, that was tedious.
If racisim is what whites do, then what is it called when nonwhites do it? It does not have a name. We should give it one.
>>Okay, Im white so I am racist. Im stuck with that. Now what.
Just enjoy your life. Be proud of your whiteness. If they mention slavery, just say that you’ve never met a slave or a slaveowner. If they mention that you don’t understand something because you’re white, smile and say, “You are correct....and I don’t give a damn.” If they physically attack you, draw your weapon and aim for center mass until they stop attacking.
Whatever traces of white guilt I may have had ended last week.
Can we name it after you? Beefism!
If the very act of being white is going to be deemed racist, then it’s important to embrace our racism. We think like white people because ... WE’RE WHITE PEOPLE!
Embrace it and feel guilty no more.
:Yawn: "Whatever, honey child."
If I am really feeling nasty the answer is a shrug and, "So?"
It blows their mind.
The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.
Show them your indifference.
And be prepared for fits of apoplexy
beefism - that’s actually more apropos that you might think at the outset! Perpetually offended people tend to have a beef with everything in sight and equate all of that anger as having to do with their race’s perceived downtrodden state.
Unless one is white they can never truly understand the stigma a person that has experienced “beefism” feels.
Now we have our own victim class..
Where my free $hit at?!!!
Another thought - this 'whiteness' thing might explain why Arabs hate Jews so much. Jews are not only white/white but many have blue eyes. Never thought of Israel's problems as racism - but might be possible.
Indeed. You got it, what I failed to see at the outset. So ‘beefism’ it will be! (All earthshaking discoveries have been accidental, yes?!)
Fo’ real! Lol!
Platitudes have killed us.
Some races sure seem to do better to me than others
I mean can you name one country not “white” or “oriental” that prospers by our old standards...the standards back when we cared you know?
Don't say Chile..I've been there many times...try telling most of them they are not “white”
It's not because of kinky hair or dark skin etc etc
But it's because of something that can be loosely identified by geographic group evolution of peoples...
isolation...tropical Africans...and what not
could say the same as why say Franks progressed as Caucasians yet Khazaks not as much
or Manchurians and Japanese but not Muongs or Filipino tribals
or Lebanese traders over Berber wanderers
or Ashkenazim Jews over say Yemeni Jews
or German rocket scientists over isolated mountain US folks
and some groups simply lag at large...tropical Africans and Amerindians..and my wife is part Eastern tribe (see my homepage..daughters are half Brasilian too while we are at it) and I am literally a descendant of Rolfe and Pocahontas...we are not sensitive about it
ignoring plain evident truths about how some groups outperform and generally simply behave and self govern better than others...our immigration policy prior to 1965 actually took that into account...then it reversed and set quotas higher for non whites
is how we committed national suicide
it's too late now to change demographics short of politics by other means
but we can pretend
oh and btw...race sure matters physiologically...no question of that...but..lol...we kid ourselves that while all manner of skin, hair, muscle development, blood profile, testosterone, reproductive apparatus like birth canals, cranium circumference means and bone density differences are somewhat defined by races that by some miracle we all have the exact same brain
you can go ahead Doug and call me racist...hell...ping the mods...been done before
but I got news for ya...it's all too damned late...too much naivete and weakness and this crazy need to believe in the culture of sameness while every single minority bar none believes the exact opposite
I have watched folks spout platitudes about race here for so long and swoon over socialist Viet Kong loving martin Luther King, Obama supporter Colin Powell, RINO Condi and now Mr Amnesty Rubio for so long just because they were perceived as non white that frankly my dear...I don't give a damn any more
We let the foxes take over the henhouse over racial guilt...none of which I had obviously...and I am pissed off that the stupids gave away my country...the one my ancestors died for over the past 4 centuries
Robbed by interlopers and their Quiisling helpers in the white liberal community...
Jeremiah Wright was right...the chickens have come home to roost
The primitives are gonna make the white race pay
Camp of the Saints is no longer just fiction
I come from a near Freedom Rider background in a nuclear over race state (Miss)...I feel like a dumbass now I can tell...though I knew what time it was 30 years ago...when many here are just waking up to the near post white reality
I salute you
man...if every cracker in America had the same attitude
we would kick their ass politically
and many of “them” would say “hey, I'm switching my wagon to the other team of horses”
but as long as whites play patsy we lose
I mean...I know minorities..especially blacks and some latin sub groups...married into latin culture and am from a 40% black state
Black man respects strength..not pasty silly white men who let their wife drive the Prius and spout race platitudes’
I have had threat of violence candid talk in close quarters with black men over this crap...they might told me I was a bigot...like they weren't in their delusion...but they would always coach that with the declaration that I was not a racist..and we worked conflict out..or occasionally fought over it
I can;t blame a black man today..he sees white men as weak but with an advantage...I'd be resentful too..most white guys today are wussies..and they scream for their black warriors every football game to live through vicariously’ but most have never had to be hard...Mommy fixed it for em
strange to me...wasn't like that when i grew up
the Hispanic quandary is different...no such thing as Hispanic uniformity and many are as white as my alabaster scarred up corpse
we have just allowed our culture to define all minorities ..and I do mean all...as victims
and they all eat it up
even some women and religious minorities like Jews and...good lord...even Muslims ( Jews are like women to me...I absolutely adore them and their wit and acumen and seek their company but they infuriate me)
I feel like I am living in some Lewis Carroll laudanum nightmare where reality has been inverted over race
and so damn quick
I had hoped we had a couple more election cycles
next they take Texas...lights out party is over then as Dandy Don said
hell man...even the damned Cubans...our resolute latino block went 50/50 for Obama
can it get any worse...oh yeah..just wait
I don't think most Peace Corps freepers really have much contact with non whites
seemed that way to me here from day one when Memphis Belle (exit via the bolt) scolded me back in 2000 that the only way for racial healing or peace was for whites to be browned out via sexual intercourse by white women and men of color...like she was hoping for that..when I protested she threw me a Clarence Thomas not good enuff for your daughter strawman
on a conservative forum
now 12 years later...are we still playing nice?
Our way of life is open to anyone who wants to share traditional values and believe America and the West is not one big crime against humanity..but it is cutting along lines no one is willing to face and our so called leaders ..feckless Chamberlains they are...are surrendering faster than MSLSD can broadcast their last utterance
One of the finest examples of double-speak I have ever seen. I particularly like the assertions that anti-white racism is due to white racism, and that asking for any kind of evidence of racism is, in itself, racist. Got just about everything covered there.
Gots nuthin to do with race.
I was not sure at first what you meant by that, but given the dictionary definition:
1. (intr) Slang to complain, esp repeatedly
It might not be a bad choice. Beefist. Beefism. Short. sweet. No racial connection. They might try to make one like the “water buffalo” incident a few years ago, but it would be a stretch.
With the internet, it is easy to start a neologism. Just start blogging it. Update dictionaries and so on. Before you know it, you have created a new word.
We stand like a deer in the headlights in these language wars. We need to go the offensive.
BTW, ‘beef’ refers to my initials, BF.
I still say it.
“(All earthshaking discoveries have been accidental, yes?!)”
Supposedly ScotchGuard was discovered accidentally. That’s pretty earthshaking (I think).
You get the credit though, you coined the term :)
“I feel like I am living in some Lewis Carroll laudanum nightmare where reality has been inverted over race
and so damn quick
I had hoped we had a couple more election cycles”
I hear you.
And the irony is that the Marxist tools’ divisive fixation on imaginary white racism and their resultant voting pattern is helping to destroy the economy, and therefore, the future of our “Great Melting Pot”, and the universal suffering that is ensuing has no respect for skin color. They’re tearing down their own economic house and they don’t even know it because they’re so obsessed with a straw man.
because you feel it or hope it's so?
forget anecdotal evidence, simply how race breaks down politically would force empirical minded folks to look around
our nation has collapsed because we let them in...now you can dress it up race or culture..chicken or egg first argument there..but the end result is painfully obvious
the less white this nation is the more leftist...you may live in the north or out west and not understand this like most of us do..so you get consideration for that
they are killing the one place they all once upon a time wanted to be
i’m not sure we ever melted except when we were fairly similar up till mid 20th century..it's easier to "melt" similar peoples...
but we no doubt were a lighthouse for everyone and did allow a sort of distinct stew
many here refuse to look but balkanized nations do not survive
nowhere is it written in stone it has to stay this way
it's weird how Americans think they are special and unaffected by stupid policy like it will all be ok
well it woulda been had we held to our founders
I am telling you we are now under the yoke of a leftist racial demagogic patron..somehwere between Kingfish and Evan Peron
Peace corps platitudes have no place amongst those who want to defeat this...it's going to take frank talk and nerve and getting mean...like Unforgiven speech by Eastwood..I'm almost convinced it will be violence at some point..don;t know if the earners have it anymore to be honest..they look mighty soft to me
So what’s he going to do if I just laugh derisively at his pseudo-intellectual (ie, BS) screed? Call me a racist?
I’m way done with pandering to this crap. Live up to the standard of behavior or be judged accordingly.
Well, since blacks see whites as racists no matter what whites do, then why should we care what blacks think? I mean, why not re-enslave them since that’s what they think of us anyway? Most blacks are on welfare, meaning I pay for their upkeep, so I might as well get the benefit of their labor as they benefit from mine.
These racists never think about that end result of their racist views about whites.
I say it because secularly, I do not seek to become what I loathe. And Biblically, because it fits my interpretation of what God wants and seeks...of me.
I don't know how anyone couldn't have seen this coming. Simply the birthrates alone...
Africa for Africans, China for Chinese, Arabia for Muslims, Euro-America for everyone.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
You haven’t seen racism until you’ve witnessed black on black “racism”.. New immigrants ready and willing to work hard from Dominican and or Africa paired up with entitlement inner city american born blacks. They cannot stand each other.. because one cans how up on the shores of the country without a penny in their pocket, and wind up successful within a few short years, and the other just whines about a lifetime of being kept down.
Embrace it. That’s what I do. I’m not only not sorry that I’m white, I’m downright proud to be. Why shouldn’t I be? If other races can be proud of their race, so can whites, and I’d say that whites as a race have much of which to be proud.