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selver wrote

/u/Tequila_Wolf have you read the book they talk about in this episode, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen & Barbara Fields?

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I haven't. I'll try listen to the podcast in the next few days. What was interesting?

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selver wrote

I was just curious if you thought the book was any good, since you've read a lot of race theory. It sounded interesting & they spoke highly of it in this episode. It's Todd McGowan's podcast, a psychoanalytic theorist.

An excerpt they quote to talk about:

Racism refers to the theory and the practice of applying a social, civic, or legal double standard based on ancestry, and to the ideology surrounding such a double standard. That may be what the economist Glenn Loury intends when he identifies “a withholding of the presumption of equal humanity.”50 Racism is not an emotion or state of mind, such as intolerance, bigotry, hatred, or malevolence. If it were that, it would easily be overwhelmed; most people mean well, most of the time, and in any case are usually busy pursuing other purposes. Racism is first and foremost a social practice, which means that it is an action and a rationale for action, or both at once. Racism always takes for granted the objective reality of race, as just defined, so it is important to register their distinctness. The shorthand transforms racism, something an aggressor does, into race, something the target is, in a sleight of hand that is easy to miss. Consider the statement “black Southerners were segregated because of their skin color”—a perfectly natural sentence to the ears of most Americans, who tend to overlook its weird causality. But in that sentence, segregation disappears as the doing of segregationists, and then, in a puff of smoke—paff—reappears as a trait of only one part of the segregated whole. In similar fashion, enslavers disappear only to reappear, disguised, in stories that append physical traits defined as slave-like to those enslaved.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I'm behind on reading compared to some of my friends :) Mostly just trying to be useful where I am.

Cool, looking forward to listening to this podcast. I doubt I'll read this book because I'm drowning in reading for the forseeable future, but if you do, please write a post about it!