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01 February 2010

Race Traitors

Race is a construct. Its foundation is more solid: appearance, phenotype, culture, ethnicity, national origin, and kinship. And then there is the web of assumptions, suppositions, presuppositions, stereotypes and deeply held beliefs and belief systems. These threads form a web - a soft, silken, strong, dangerous, entrapment.
The web has two sides. It is constructed from within and without.
The web is three dimensional. There is perception, misperception and reality.
The construction of racial identity works in and on families.
What is a family? A whole 'nother web of webs, biological and social.
When the social strands of the interwoven webs disintegrate, what is left is independent and freelance reproduction tangentially related to dysfunctional familial structures within a subculture infected by the decay permeating the larger culture.
There are some folk constructing a racial identity for the rest of us with whom they share strands in the web by inertia and consumption.
This I think, is the essence of being a race traitor - not marrying or mating outside of the race or producing mixed race children, but rejecting one's responsibility to participate intentionally in the crafting of one's own cultural and racial identity. Today's race traitors are those who consume the caricatures and stereotypes of their own people produced by the dominant culture.

2 comments:

  1. WOW
    I just discovered you through Tom at 'Turning Things Upside Down' and you're a thoughtful keeper!

    A close reader, I can't help but wonder if there might not be one 'are' too many in your analysis.

    There are some folk are constructing a racial identity for the rest of us with whom they share strands in the web by inertia and consumption.

    David@Montreal

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  2. Thank you. I think faster (and clearer I hope! than I type.)

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