Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on racism and privilege
Rather than characterize now by merely the figure of the human, Haraway suggests we should consider Capital and Cthulhu.
In the end, the argument of Levinas and the Postcolonial is really about the status of the West and, having reckoned with the harder questions of its debt to mass violence and subjugation, what it means to read responsibly after an honest reckoning. This reading has to take a very fundamental problem seriously: decolonizing the colonizer.
For the past 50 years, Asian-Americans have been the so-called model minority — the minority group held up by politicians and the media to demonstrate the potential for success for people who aren’t white. It is no coincidence that this narrative arose alongside the black power movement in the 1960s. Asian-American success over time became a rhetorical bludgeon used to deny the real and ongoing effects of institutional racism and white supremacy on African-Americans. Ronald Reagan, for example, called Asian-Americans “exemplars of hope and inspiration” while denouncing black women on welfare. The existence of Asian-Americans was a way to deny the significance of whiteness and the hardship of exclusion from it.
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