Steven Shakespeare: White Pride Now Passes as Serious Political Commentary – Wildcat Dispatches

Steven Shakespeare: White Pride Now Passes as Serious Political Commentary – Wildcat Dispatches – For instance, ‘black’ and ‘white’ do not exist in some timeless state. Those categories are freighted with a history of domination and dispossession. So when resistance to that history is articulated, it cannot just be directed against individual ‘bad guys’. It must name, critique and struggle with the machines that generate that history, the deep structural (and often unconscious) forces that were born in the cauldron of colonialism and slavery. However, on Jenkins’ logic, when black people resist the violence visited upon them by a white-dominated system, they are victimising white people. When women call out misogyny and sexual abuse, they are emasculating men. Uppity black people and men-hating women: these are the familiar figures through which the existing systems of exclusion sustain themselves. Of course, this has all been going on for a long time. But something new has entered into mainstream discourse, now that Trump, Brexit and their like have emboldened more virulent forms of hate.

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