Some of you may be chomping at the bit to be “antiracist.” But according to a lauded academic, if you’re a woman and white, it’s not in the cards.
Literature Professor Robyn Wiegman is an expert on people with periods. In fact, she formerly served as the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women’s Studies at Duke University.
Also, her Princeton University bio
Professor Wiegman is a Class of1932 Visiting Fellow at the Council of the Humanities as well as the Department of English (teaching Autotheory). Her research areas include queer theory, feminist theory, American Studies (teaching Autotheory), critical race theory, film and media studies, American Studies, American Studies, feminist theory, American Studies, American Studies, American Studies, American Studies, feminist theory, American Studies, American Studies, American Studies, and feminist theory.
On March 28th, Robyn delivered a speech at Princeton titled “Who’s Afraid of Rachel Dolezal?”
As reported by The College Fix, the talk was based on an essay written for Duke University’s South Atlantic Journal.
The special issue called for participating scholars to critically explore “objects, methods, figures, and thinkers that academic feminism has disavowed, jettisoned, or relegated to the category of our past-tense.”
In other words, the guest editors of South Atlantic Quarterly wanted scholars to pick some person or thing that contemporary feminist theory doesn’t like and explore…why contemporary feminist theory doesn’t like it without either condemning it or approving of it. This issue has yet to be published.
Robyn selected Rachel as her choice, a woman of color who was black and lived it out but was arrested for being Caucasian in 2015.
Rachel is a former NAACP chapter leader. She wants people to see her for “who [she is]” — a self-described resident of the black community — rather than “what [she is]”:
Robyn’s not exactly Team Rachel. She claims Dolezal was able to escape a trap.
Wiegman…[argues]Dolezal is a white woman who claims to be black, which is why modern feminists hate her so much.
Wiegman…links Dolezal to “the impasse of whiteness,” which is essentially a no-win situation created by antiracism in which modern intersectional feminism now apparently demands that “white feminism” be dismantled to allow “black feminism” to exist.
Pale people have no luck
[T]The only way is up [whites]Antiracism requires them to accept it wholeheartedly, and to feel a sense of inadequacy for being white. They have to accept that they are a symbol of the oppressive system, a symbol of “whiteness,” and are thus inherent supporters of the structurally racist status quo. …
[W]hite women – are not allowed to “fix” the problem of their own whiteness. They must accept it as a fact and live in the guilt of being wrongly born.
Robyn’s robustly right. If “antiracism” maligns melanin-light malignancy, what Caucasian cancer cell can claim to be antiracist? Whiteness, we’re informed, is the country’s carcinoma.
And we’re trying to beat it:
Professor Tells Audience We’re ‘Dying of Whiteness’
A Whistleblower Shares a Racial Justice Lesson From Coca-Cola: ‘Try to Be Less White’
Extremely White College Professor Fights the Lie — and ‘Disease’ — of Whiteness
UC Berkeley Professor Tells Students That Abolishing Whiteness Is Like Wiping Out White People
For Lent, a Chicago Church is ‘Fasting From Whiteness’
Catholic University Speaker Calls for Christians to ‘Crucify Their Whiteness’
Mental Health Journal’s Article on ‘Parasitic Whiteness’ Laments There’s ‘Not Yet a Permanent Cure’
Where wokeness is concerned, is Robyn — a white woman — a true believer? It seems like a great chance, according to The Fix
Wiegman wrote in an essay that she studied cultural studies and poststructural theories. That is, her training was in postmodernism or cultural Marxism.
Does she feel trapped too? Either way, it appears society is stuck in an evil state: We’re told antiracism must defeat wicked whiteness, but there’s no clear way to wipe whiteness from America.
Furthermore, we’re informed the country’s structures host built-in racism, the certainty of which can only come from the discovery of said structures. They will not be announced so that they can be removed immediately.
What is the best way to move forward? If wokeness and “antiracism” are right on the money, it looks as if we’re all eternally “trapped.”
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