how can you have a harmonious multicultural society that has been placed precariously upon a foundation that is out of skew because its colonial wrongs have never been righted? The ethical dilemma being communicated to me was actually this: how can Māori ensure the well-being of all those who live in their lands (their duty as tangata whenua) if they are not able to be meaningful partners – at least! – in the governance of those lands?
Whiteness can then end up taking up even more space. Even anti-racism as a space ends up being occupied progressively by whiteness.
– Sarah Ahmed, https://feministkilljoys.com/2016/05/30/progressive-racism/
The education system gives a veneer of respectability to anti-Blackness and protects the status quo of white domination, no doubt.
More from Jayy Dodd:
Stewart’s audience is mediocre white men who find comfort in just thinking they know “what going on”. For them information is capital, not impetus, and yet Stewart is held as a beacon of White consciousness.
If you are not listening, not exposing yourself to unfamiliar perspectives, not watching videos, not engaging in conversation, then you are perpetuating white privilege and white supremacy. It is exactly your ability to not hear, to ignore the situation, that is a mark of your privilege.
When white dudes even slightly deviate from their expected levels the anti-social superiority complex called patriarchy they become the patron saints of progress. But this is the norm. White men are taught they can do anything from birth. The world shows and confirms this for them daily. This universe of possibility of which white boys are instilled frames the devastating low bar we apply to their “work.” If we want to ignore their lack of criminalization (despite their openly terroristic tendencies), insatiable greed of space, (both physically and culturally), we have a weird faction of white men who maybe aren’t “the worst”. The Jon Stewarts, The Tim Wises, The Justin Timberlakes – white men who directly profit from Black folk.
Our White Friend will be presented on 21 and 22 May 2016 as part of What Remains, Siobhan Davies Dance, London.
Details for tickets to the What Remains Festival are here:
21 May 2016 | 2pm—9pm
22 May 2016 | 12pm—6pm
Day pass £15 / Weekend pass £25
Concessions: Day pass £12 / Weekend pass £20
Booking via firstname.lastname@example.org