Good Morning 🌞 Just a quick Saturday School lesson for you, loves. I hope it offers some critical language and a more critical lens as you engage in these conversations in your own spaces.
1. Yes/But also known as “whataboutism” , is a variant of the “tu quoque” logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. (source: Zimmer, Ben. WSJ, 2017 )
2. White people, when referring to themselves, often put the word “white” in quotation marks. Over text it’s understood that these translate to air quotes. In the English language we take air quotes to denote sarcasm or irony. This is a form of delusion in which white people believe that they are a default and have no labeling while everything else indeed does — as it becomes convenient for them.
3. She then, as expected, didn’t seem to find the need to put quotes around black people.
4. The deep desire for white Americans to tokenize successful black people as a means to bury the realties of systemic racism and push ideologies of merit based achievement have been one of tools of this country since its inception. From the “happy slave” to “but look at Oprah and Obama” these efforts push to reinforce the “American Dream” to black Americans despite the structural economic and political barriers that exist in our racist society.Tokenism glorifies the exception in order to obscure the rules of the game of success in a capitalist society.” (Source: Dana L Cloud; “Rhetoric of Tokenism” )
5. When the discussion of racial justice and/or critique of our racist system is punctured by bringing up the cases of Oprah or Obama note that its rarely ever followed by dynamic discussion about reproducing those success in this “new and shiny system we have”. It’s however a plea to “SHUT UP AND BE GRATEFUL SOMEONE LIKE YOU FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE”
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