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I don’t think I have ever explicitly talked about my approach to talking about race/ism (phrasing coined by Shay Akil McLean).

Some thoughts below 👇🏾
I take a more materialist approach that does not linger on discourses of racist ‘inferiority’ or ‘superiority’. Instead, I focus on the material consequences of the political & socio-spatial ordering of society under racism & related systems of oppression
I am not preoccupied with defending people who are negatively racialized as Other (Black, indigenous, AfroLatinx... along the skin color & class gradients) against white supremacist narratives of ‘inferiority’ or ‘insufficiency.’ Too often, that’s a trap.
First- I begin with racialization as a process. Being racialized as Black is not a monolithic experience- it is contoured by one’s socio-political positionality- class, disability status, citizenship status, etc.

Oppression is not merely ontological.
2nd- I understand these white supremacist narratives rely on an underlying political economy of oppositional subject positions. Defending Black folks as ‘true’ Americans relies on digging our heels in stolen land, &/or demonizing immigrants (INCLUDING Black immigrants)
For example, this narrative around Black folks’ service in the US military as wages of citizenship, is also one that recruits them into the settler colonial project of subjecting indigenous people AND colonial subjects abroad
Or, the popular narrative of returning Black veterans facing repressive violence when they tried to exercise their right to vote often does not address gross disenfranchisement of indigenous folks on that same land.
Similar parallels in terms of healthcare policies that in turn, invest & disinvest in Black & Native Health while retaining the segregated character of US healthcare- Freedmen’s Bureau, IHS, Community Health Centers...
My focus- in my work on health(care) equity- is to show my work. I highlight inequities in care access & outcomes overlaid on a backdrop of gross inequities in health status, driven by #EnvironmentalRacism #Segregation. Across scales, pinpointing where we can intervene.
So, I have a bias toward structural ‘problems’, & I am less concerned with individual ‘attitudes’ or ‘exposures’ to the racial Other.

Racist bias is not merely attitude. It’s naturalized by the social order itself. Racism feeds itself, feasts on the premature death it foments.
I leave the work on interpersonal racism to others.

I focus more on institutional & structural racism- how it is manifest in our everyday lives, in the socio-spatial ordering of our society. This work
is a matter of life & death. Literally.
Here’s a previous thread, where I trouble commonly deployed frames of ‘racial disparities’ in public health research
This is basically a long form way of stating the points in this thread
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