Tag Archives: Esther Nkopo

Dear White People: Theoretical wars and podium envy

Gillian Schutte responds and does a (final?) summation of the prevailing and derailing discourses in the critical and ongoing dialogue on undoing whiteness. Note how she situates the responses as “theoretical wars and podium envy” while still pointing back to the intersection of white racism with heterosexism and classism in the reproduction of the discourse

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Rescuing whiteness

Well before Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people calling on them to reflect on their whiteness, its invisibility and centrality in the reproduction and edification of white power, the very experience of Black-ness has been characterized by this same demand. Yet, as is wont to be the case, it would be Schutte’s, a white womyn,

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There’s no unlearning whiteness, despite what ‘anti-racists’ say

Reflecting on the structural positionality of white people in a social order which affirms and celebrates their whiteness, Athi-Nangomso Esther Nkopo and Andile Mngxitama argue that there can be no unlearning whiteness despite what ‘anti-racists’ say. “Essentially this “anti-racism” industry appeals to whites to be nice about their whiteness and white supremacy, and not rub

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