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Power & ‘white’ perspectives

The racist assumes for himself the power to determine how colored folks experience reality. Many ‘white’ folks who are not racist assume that colored lives are determined by the power of ‘white’ perceptions of the life experienced by colored folks.  In short, the worth of a colored person in the eyes of a racist is […]

The racist assumes for himself the power to determine how colored folks experience reality. Many ‘white’ folks who are not racist assume that colored lives are determined by the power of ‘white’ perceptions of the life experienced by colored folks.  In short, the worth of a colored person in the eyes of a racist is reflected in how more tolerate ‘whites’ evaluate and value colored experiences.

The evaluations made of colored experiences amount to a tacit acknowledgment that racist perceptions of difference are socially valid in terms of the impact that it has on colored folks. Assuming the social validity of racist perceptions of difference is a knee-jerk reaction to colored folks who face adversity. Part of the reason that it comes so naturally to some white folk is because the social validity of colored folk’s experience with adversity is implicitly segregated from their lives. Like a ghetto on the other side of town or a gay village in large metropolitan city difference is colored inside the lines.

The sameness that exists outside of the lines lacks color. Socially valid experiences of sameness outside of the lines are predicated on eRacing color. The first step in eRacing color is treating the past as if it is not unfolding into the present. Here, it is not that difference is denied a past. Rather, the adversity that difference faces today is denied a history. Conflicts of difference that occur today are considered anomalies, echoes of past social relations that can be tuned out with politically correct adjustments.  The art of resistance today requires difference to master two new skills.   Difference must resist being alienated from the history of colored folks and being tuned out by the politeness of politically correct adjustments.

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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).