Same Thing

The difference between the alt-right believers in racial inferiority and the woke preachers of “white privilege” and “problematic whiteness” is very superficial. Talking about “white privilege” is a polite, socially acceptable way to publicly degrade non-white people. “I’m superior” and “I’m superior but I feel very guilty about it” don’t differ that much.

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  1. Talking about “white privilege” is a polite, socially acceptable way to publicly degrade non-white people. “I’m superior” and “I’m superior but I feel very guilty about it” don’t differ that much.

    This is a misinterpretation. Talking about “white privilege” is more accurately: “I am not superior, but the culture at large treats me as though I were.”

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    1. “I am not superior, but the culture at large treats me as though I were.”

      That’s not really that different – the underlying meta-message is the same: And you’d better watch out and be nice to me!

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        1. “I’m watching Citizen Kane”

          For me it was a bit like hearing Carmen for the first time… “What is this? Aren’t there any original songs in this thing?…….. oh….. never mind”. It seemed skilled but very ordinary until I realized how much of American movie language (meant metaphorically) was first worked out for it.

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  2. Oh gosh, there was some other classic film I was going to recommend and I am forgetting. I hope it comes back to me. I must rewatch CK.

    OT: Anzaldúa herself says, it turns out, that the fetishization of border identities in the reception of her book is racist – – and that she had to soft-pedal the angry parts, because she did not want to alienate white readers TOO much.

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