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Thursday, June 25, 2015

On the Obama Faux N-Word Controversy

I'm glad Salon wrote a good piece on this  manufactured controversy because it's so stupid, I barely stand to think about this --much less write anything on it.

There's plenty good in the piece about the political right's co-opting of language and dog whistle racism.  The article also speaks briefly on a subject near and dear to my heart changes to the meaning and uses of the word "colorblindness" as it refers to race.

Um...maybe a little too briefly...

In the 1960s and 70s, the goal to be "colorblind" was a goal to stop letting race be a block to get to know, to learn, the racial other.

Now, phrases like "I am colorblind" uses "colorblind" as a claimed virtue or trait.  "Colorblindness" is claimed in order to say "I don't need to learn anything about the racial other. There is no racial other. Everybody is just like white-me."

And this new definition of "colorblindness" not only e-races race in the mind of the beholder, but racism too.

We can't have that.