Cross-posted at my other blog, Seminario Permanente de Teoría y Crítica:
In her Declarations of Whiteness: The Non-Performativity of Anti-Racism, Sara Ahmed argues that while race may be performative (being an effect of racialization), anti-racism may not be. That is, saying in the case of anti-racism may not be equivalent to doing.
I am glad to hear this for my own reasons, namely, that I am tired of hearing white people beat their breasts about how anti-racist they are, and then wincing as I watch them act. Sometimes it even seems to me that they have honed their anti-racist rhetoric primarily so as to compete in debates with other white people. I am actually more comfortable with the mirror image of this situation: seeing people behave decently, even when I know their ideas are not one hundred percent advanced.
There is a great deal more to the article, however, and it is worth reading.