Skip to comments.Racial Profiling and Surviving the 'White Gaze'
Posted on 09/05/2013 9:35:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
At the New York Times, professor of philosophy George Yancy writes an incisive piece about white people's fear of blacks, which he says is global and has origins in Europe. For centuries, black people have been reduced to constricting and false stereotypes that force them to move through social spaces in a way designed to put whites at ease, he says. "We fear that our black bodies incite an accusation," he writes.
My point here is to say that the white gaze is global and historically mobile. And its origins, while from Europe, are deeply seated in the making of America.
Black bodies in America continue to be reduced to their surfaces and to stereotypes that are constricting and false, that often force those black bodies to move through social spaces in ways that put white people at ease. We fear that our black bodies incite an accusation. We move in ways that help us to survive the procrustean gazes of white people. We dread that those who see us might feel the irrational fear to stand their ground rather than "finding common ground," a reference that was made by Bernice King as she spoke about the legacy of her father at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The white gaze is also hegemonic, historically grounded in material relations of white power: it was deemed disrespectful for a black person to violate the white gaze by looking directly into the eyes of someone white. The white gaze is also ethically solipsistic: within it only whites have the capacity of making valid moral judgments....
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So he is blaming Charlemagne not Bush for White Privilege.
i;m scared of all feral animals, regardless of race.
And just wtf is the ‘white gaze’?
humans MUST discriminate....its for survival...we learn from a very young age...even a baby knows which end is up....
It’s WAY past time to “find common ground”, WHEN YOUR HEAD IS BEING BEATEN INTO THE GROUND.
You know about them evil white men going around judging everyone by skin color!
The black persona= an inferiority complex that they just can’t shake off.
The idea of “the gaze” is postmodernist claptrap conceived by the French philosopher Jaques Lacan.
>>> black people have been reduced to constricting and false stereotypes that force them to move through social spaces in a way designed to put whites at ease<<<
If this was true there would be less black on white crime. The best way to put me a white person at ease is to not target others both black and white or red blue and green for that matter. Reduce the number of criminals in the black community and this just might go away.
>>My point here is to say that the white gaze is global and historically mobile. And its origins, while from Europe, are deeply seated in the making of America.<<
No, it’s deeply seated in our desire not to be raped, robbed, assaulted or murdered.
I wonder, if I Gaze, and then lift my hand, palm out, and slowly move my thumb and four fingers slightly together, can I choke someone from afar?
the perennially best investment is the victim's industry. Cannot fail. Good for thousands of years or until the last cracker is dead.
I predict that most people in this country will be wearing pistols on their hips two to three years from now, at this rate.
A critique of racist thought that amply manifests its own racism. Besides not being able to assimilate facts, liberals are incapable of hearing their own words. They cobble words together without the vaguest conception of what they’re saying.
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