Declarations of Whiteness

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.


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4 responses to “Declarations of Whiteness

  1. Pingback: Declarations of Whiteness « Automatic Preference

  2. Tom

    Thanks for posting this.

  3. You may want to report to the Simon Wiesenhtal museum ( for promoting crimes against humanity, racism, anti-semitism and genocide. Associated institutions may serve the same fateful purpose. Kindest,

    ??? Non capisco. Report whom? –Z

  4. Mamma mia; I thought whiteness meant something different. Still an issue, is it not?

    Thank you for your post, Prof.

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