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June 7th, 2009
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Skip trying to prove you're not racist

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From:cos
Date:June 8th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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    It is possible to define racism in such a way that anyone and/or everyone is racist. I cannot see how such a definition is useful for anything.

I didn't see her point as being about the usefulness of this definition, but rather about the uselessness of focusing on it. So you may be agreeing. However, in a more general context, I can't think of a useful and true definition of racism that doesn't include most everyone at least a little bit.

    Specious, Anne. The issue is not money, it is the effect of money (or, more precisely, class).

Here I think you completely missed what she's saying, though in a somewhat understandable way: When the conversation is about racism, it's natural for class issues to come to mind. But that happens to be a coincidence. In this analogy, she's not talking about class, she really is talking about money. The value of money is socially constructed (and encoded into institutions and laws and whatnot), but that doesn't mean that the $10 bill in your pocket is worth no more than the paper it's printed on. Similarly, the existence of race is socially constructed rather than biologically real, but that doesn't mean race isn't real. It's as real as money.
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