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‘Multiracial Whiteness’ Is the Latest Leftist Branding Iron

It’s interesting how the Left appears to be fragmenting into multiple camps concerning the question of who is most oppressed, who is the revolutionary actor, etc. The big debates seem to be between the “class reductionist,” “intersectionality,” and”anti-whiteness” camps, with the latter tendency defining racism as all “non-leftist” thought in a way that ultimately has nothing to do with skin color or ethnic background. Although it’s true there are non-white/non-European versions of “fascism” and even neo-Nazis (there is a neo-Nazi youth subculture in places like Malaysia, for example).

By Paul Gottfried, Intellectual Takeout

Fraser Myers recently asked at Spiked how blacks and Latinos could vote for Donald Trump and in some cases enthusiastically join demonstrations for him, given the supposedly obvious fact that that Trump is a white supremacist. According to Myers, New York University professor Cristina Beltrán answered this troubling question in the Washington Post in a memorable gloss on “whiteness”:

Whiteness is the politics of aggression, exclusion, and domination. And multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political colour and not simply a racial identity. It is a ‘discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanisation of others.’

And so now we understand. “Whiteness,” or what Beltrán elsewhere designates as “multiracial whiteness,” does not refer exclusively to Caucasians as opposed to black people or to some other race. It is holding a “discriminatory worldview” that causes someone to engage in the “dehumanization” of others.


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