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Colorblindness

The similarity that colorblind ‘white’ folks have with your ordinary racist is that both aim to extinguish some aspect of the colored lives of ‘colored’ folks.  The basic difference between a plain old racist and a colorblind ‘white’ person is that the racist considers color with open eyes and a closed mind while the colorblind […]

The similarity that colorblind ‘white’ folks have with your ordinary racist is that both aim to extinguish some aspect of the colored lives of ‘colored’ folks.  The basic difference between a plain old racist and a colorblind ‘white’ person is that the racist considers color with open eyes and a closed mind while the colorblind ‘white’ person considers color with an open mind and closed eyes. Colorblindness accompanies the assumption that there is a statue-of-limitation on the adversities that colored folks face or have faced in the past.  Assignment of the time and place that this statute-of-limitation kicks in is arbitrary and valid in the opinion of ‘white’ folks collectively and individually.

The colorblind ‘white’ person is not only dedicated to negating the relevance of adverse experiences of race, gender, sex, etc that color the lives that these signifiers designate. Colorblind ‘white’ folks are more vicious and dangerous than blatant, even violent forms of racism, discrimination and prejudice. In addition to an almost vigilante like enforcement of a statue-of-limitation on the lives and life experiences of ‘colored’ folks,  they downgrade the historical adversities of colored folks as part of the due diligence necessary to assess discrimination, prejudice and oppression as negligible determining factors in relations of power.

This downgrading of historical and current adversity is worse than mere racist attitudes that attempt to degrade ‘colored’ folks.   It is a subtle form of historical-immaterialism that makes it common sense that the humanity of colored folks can be injured as if colored humanities were something separate from the humanity that ‘white’ folk claim for themselves but are willing to share with all those that embrace their demeaning notions of ‘sameness’.

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).