Friday, June 19, 2009

Steve teaches us about ending inequality.


Bitch Blog brought this silly article on CNN about how feminism is obsolete to my attention. It's the same tripe the patriarchy's been pushing about how women are doing just fine. (feminism shouldn't just be about women's issues, but whatever). Bitch covered the article well, but it was the third comment down that caught my eye:
Feminism, racism, etc., will not be obsolete until society stops using quotas for race, gender and religion to make decisions. Also, the media will need to stop acting and a 1,000x amplifier of these issues. I am tired of hearing of the first black president, the first woman AND Hispanic nominated to the Supreme Court. How about that CNN starts the trend and only deals with people based on their abilities and achievements.
Yes, Steve. Racism will be stopped when we go back to ignoring rather than celebrating and electing problematized bodies.

The thing is, it makes sense in this fella's probable world. If there is no more "reverse racism" (affirmative action), there's no chance that Steve will be passed over for a promotion or job in favor of an ... equally qualified woman. If there are no more quotas, Steve doesn't have to listen to people of color in his classroom, talking about things that do not fit perfectly into his worldview.

If there's no more quotas or action taken against racism, if Steve just pretends we're color-blind, then he can pretend that everyone's white and won't be bothered by silly questions of inequality.

Yes, Steve. When you can ignore all inequality and pretend that everything's just dandy, then movements working to stop that inequality will be obsolete. When you're able to construct a world in which your privilege is preserved and the achievements of of oppressed bodies are ignored or entirely erased, then there will be no more need to fight against oppression.

I think I've learned a lot from you today, Steve. Thanks for sharing!

1 comment:

  1. I think I am going to like following this blog.

    By the way, you have been tagged in my latest blog. Don't know how you feel about that, but hopefully you are cool with it?

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