Thursday, September 14, 2017

On 'White People'

"Race might not be real, but racism very much is. Idols have a way of affecting our lives, even if the gods they represent are illusory."
-Ed Simon, "How 'white people' were invented by a playwright in 1613"

A fascinating piece on the construction of whiteness:
Yet our particular criteria concerning how we think about race did develop, and it did so in service to colonialism and capitalism (and their handmaiden: slavery). Bolstered by a positivist language, the idea of race became so normalised that eventually the claim that anyone would have coined such an obvious phrase as ‘white people’ would begin to sound strange. But invented it was.

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