Anarchyagogo: the girl who mistook her whiteness for a universal
The said part is, I don’t think she even realized much less intended this. I really believe she literally has no idea about the implications her statements and ideas carry.
Brother, I agree. She doesn’t realize. But that’s different than not knowing. I agree, she doesn’t understand the implications of her statement. But this is the bargain we must confront with white power. She isn’t naive; she isn’t ignorant. She’s willfully resisting critical thought about her own passive identification with whiteness. It’s careless and reckless to insist that agglomarated individual racist acts are what make up racism. In other words, many white people want to say “all racism can be is a history of racist acts.” That is the denial of white supremacy and the acceptance of the white power structure. It’s norming.
If you look at my dagseoul archive on blogger, you’ll find a lot of posts about white power in Korea. White people come to Korea, look around, see themselves as a minority, and then go around yelling at Koreans for being racists. Then they go back to their English-speaking countries and live comfortably within white power with their mouths shut about the whole thing. I say, to these people and to anarchyagogo, that you don’t get to play naive. You must recognize racism as white supremacy and learn to accept the consequences of living within a global economic system that perpetuates white power, no matter who accesses it.
After all whiteness is not about white individuals. It’s not an ethnicity.
So, I hear you. But… I think she’s covetous. She wants to own the pain of the oppressed like she wants to own her own whiteness.