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You have to build new worlds for yourself, with people who are also engaged in the work someway, somehow. For me: partner, friends, church.
Part of what I've learned is that the white-nuclear family is one of the most powerful forces supporting white supremacy,
both materially, in terms of transfer of wealth (e.g., those stats on net wealth disparities which reflect passing down housing wealth) +
ideologically, in terms of the outright worship of "the sanctity of the family" which pervades pop culture.
I mean, if you're a white person who says they're engaged in dismantling white supremacy, but +
you're forming a white family + reproducing white children that "you want the best for" - how is that helping + not part of the problem?
if you're white + forming a family w/ multiracial children +not dealing w/ your own racism or systemic white supremacy, how's that helping?
There used to be a marxist-feminist critique of The Family as an inherently conservative force in society (e.g., Barrett + McIntosh),
but that seems to hv fallen out of favor (I blame marriage equality fight), but it's an important critique for talking abt white supremacy.
One of the threads running through the Picca+Feagin book @alwaystheself tweeted out, is about the protection of (white) "family".
White people are afraid of hurting their family's feelings if they confront them about racism. And, afraid of losing out materially.
And then there's a whole ideological apparatus (e.g., "This is Us") to justify how f-cking sacred the family is. "Nothing's more important"
Until white people are ready to confront their own family's racism + participation in systemic white supremacy, it's not getting dismantled.
Beyond just calling out interpersonal racism, white people who want to be engaged in the work need to ask themselves about housing wealth.
White people: do you own your home? When you die, where's wealth in that house going? If it's to your children, you're reproducing ineQ
Same w/ educ ineQ. Schools in US are funding through property taxes, which ensures racial segregation continues. //fin #ishouldbewriting
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