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3 Pillars of White Supremacy

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Angela Vanella

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of 3 Pillars of White Supremacy

To Keep in Mind when
Organizing a Resistance... The Three Pillars of White Supremacy Conclusion everyone is both a victim and complicit in the model of white supremacy
continues because of "the prospect of being able to participate in the other pillars"
examples: indigenous people, non-blacks, wars spreading 'democracy'
"people of color organizing must be premised on making strategic alliances with each other, based on where we are situated within the larger political economy" (not based on alleged degrees of oppression!)
it is not true that if more people are included, racism will decline
the black/white binary is not the only binary
the forced assimilation of indigenous people has led some to state that they are part white in order to avoid judgement The logic of slavery:
certain people are "nothing more than property"
slavery evolves, but the logic behind it stays the same
the anchor of capitalism
people of color are told that their lives could be worse- at least they are not property anymore The logic of genocide:
indigenous people do not exist
non-natives were the "rightful inheritors" of the land and everything on it
natives were forced to conform to the American 'manifest destiny'
"native people are a permanent 'present absence' in the US colonial imagination"
non-natives 'playing Indians' was a form of 'Indian hating'
the anchor of colonialism
"allows non-native peoples to feel they can rightfully own indigenous peoples' land. It is okay to take land from indigenous peoples, because [they] have disappeared" The logic of Orientalism
"the process of the West defining itself as a superior civilization by constructing itself in opposition to an 'exotic' but inferior 'Orient'"
"marks certain peoples or nations as inferior and as posing a constant threat to the well-being of the empire"
the anchor for war
allows America to "justify being in a constant state of war to protect itself from its enemies"; helps the nation "stay strong"
"for the system of white supremacy to stay in place, the U.S. must always be at war" Slavery Genocide Orientalism Scenario #1:
A group of women of color come together and begin to argue about whether or not Arab women qualify. Scenario #2:
People begin to argue that Native people are less affected by racism than other people of color in the U.S. Scenario #3:
Participants in a multiracial campaign claim that the black/white binary must be stopped because blacks are dominant in color politics. Introductory Scenarios Capitalism Colonialism War we must be "vigilant in how we may have internalized some of these logics in our own organizing practice"
gender politics play a main role
it is common that in our pursuit to eliminate white supremacy, "racial justice struggles often articulate an equally heteropatriarchal racial nationalism" (simply incorporates more injustice regarding homosexuality and other social planes) Heteropatriarchy this is the building block of the U.S. empire
Charles Colson makes the arguement against same-sex marriage by linking what we allow in the country with how other nations look at us and the degree to which they respect us
"just as the patriarchs rule the family, the elites of the nation-state rule their citizens"
"any liberation struggle that does not challenge heteronormativity cannot substantially challenge colonialism or white supremacy" Pillar #1 Pillar #2 Pillar #3 Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" Source: "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" See page 88!
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