I’m not big on the power plus privilege model for discussing racism. I mean as far as a succinct introduction to systematic racism it’s fine. Outside of that, I’m lukewarm to it. I do not however any worthwhile/useful definition of racism can include whore people. Sure there have been some that have been beat up or what have you because they’re white. I very much doubt that even a minute of a minute didn’t get any justice BECAUSE they were white however. That’s the distinction in my mind. Justice won’t fail you. Even if I would, I don’t, grant that a white kid didn’t get into an ivy league because a poc took their spot, if you’re good enough to get into an ivy league as a white student you’ll eventually find one to get in.again, that’s the distinction in my mind.
On race theory, I remember when you told me this few months ago and I didnt get it then. Looking back you were actually right, the model is extremely limited when you think of it. Or maybe it is the way people use it here on this website. , by putting it over lived expression of expression that is problematic. Theory is there to make sense of reality and not the other way round. People experiences of oppression should never be forced down concepts. I think I started seeing how this was extremely problematic when I saw many people here trying to deny antisemitism as a form of oppression because it didn’t fit the framework. Also the concept of whiteness is so complex, so diverse and varies so much depending on place and time. I saw a post few days ago about someone, who I guess was American, saying that they could understand why Penelope Cruz and her husband who are both from Spain were considered white since ‘they spanish’ O_O I guess in American whiteness is still stronly connected to Anglo WASP, which is why people like Kim Kardashian who has a typically Mediterranean look so would be classified here as white, without hesitation, is seen as a woman of color in the US. All of this to say that the model can not take on whiteness or racism globally in its current state. It must be more deeply anchored in people’s realities and reflect the specificities of racism in each region. I was thinking about this yesterday when I wrote about how in Cameroon, to be mixed-race is to be ‘almost white’. This is why I personally feel NO affinity whatsoever with white-passing POC because from my experience, my point of view, they are white! These concepts are not as tangible as many make them to be here. I was also thinking about how Chinese and Arab imperialisms plays in Africa and how Arab slave trade of African has still not stopped, all of this do not and cannot fit in the limited framework of race theory as it is sometimes discussed on this website. The lingering anti-blackness that support these form of exploitation get erased or even misunderstood in the White vs POC model.
I just feel like we should be closer to our experience, try and dissect them, not be afraid to venture in what they may or may bot mean, try to make sense of them by creating rich new concept and not trying to force them on someone else’s map.
People are not concepts!