Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Huff Post Playing the Race Card

Look for more of this as we get closer to the election.  Writer (and English prof) Stephanie Li writes at the Huffington Post that Mitt Romney might be the whitest man to run for the Presidency.
But the leaked video reveals something more pernicious: his utter blindness to his own privilege. For decades, scholars in the field of critical race theory have demonstrated how "whiteness" is not a universal standard but instead a specific social identity built upon unearned entitlements. Romney's whiteness is most flagrant not in the remarkable privilege he enjoyed, but in his denial of how his race has fundamentally influenced his life's trajectory
Oh, so Mitt Romney is a white guy. We knew that. Then the perfesser gets into crucial race theory:
The Romney's shortsightedness on this issue demonstrates their ignorance of one of the central ideas in the field of critical race studies, the unearned privileges accorded to whiteness. In her foundational essay, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," Peggy McIntosh likens whiteness to "an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks."
Ha! Really? No one's ever given me a blank check, or a code book.

The academes are distressed that we might un-do the historical black president and elect a white guy.  I thought that they were supposed to be blind to race, but it turns out that they are some of the most racist people available.  Critical Race Theory, indeed.


Old NFO said...

Concur, it's blatant reverse racism, couched in 'academic' rhetoric...

Jester said...

It's been my experience that those that continue to state how not racist they are are the most racist after all. I'm perfect, I've never offended anyone! I hate the white guy seems to rule the day. I'm puzzled as to how so many have privilege that are white yet, unless they are involved in academics they don't seem to have the golden ticket.