Say “white supremacist heteropatriarchal nationalism” 5x fast!

Posted on September 14, 2011


Short History (2) — Feministe. I’ve been waiting for this post!  My brain is in love. Check out the breakdown of these ideas… or even.. just think about them.  Read. Ponder. I’m stoked:

So why does any of this matter? Well, if capitalism is a system of distribution that normalizes the idea that some have more resources than others (i.e. it’s an unequal distribution system)–then white supremacist heteropatriarchal nationalism is the method that capitalism uses to *enforce* that unequal distribution system. In other words: white supremacy makes it seem normal and natural that white people have access to the most and the best resources. Heteropatriarchy makes it seem normal and natural that straight mencontrol access to the resources. Nationalism makes it seem normal and natural that the US control the rest of the world’s resources.

Context: the history of Detroit.  Go read the article, and part 1, and the forward, if you haven’t already.  Seriously.  More:

* demanding heterosexuality: creating the idea of a “traditional nuclear family” (i.e. a man, a woman, children) with a man at the head of the house because he earns the money, creates something for men to “protect.” It becomes normal and natural to expect men to “protect,” unstated: what is theirs. It is how acts like starting riots when black families move in up the street can actually stem from a place of love. They are protecting their families–by enforcing white supremacy *through* heteropatriarchal violence. But they are also protecting their families because they love them. Something to think about in context of today’s seemingly inexplicable working class white membership of the Tea Party.

As such, things like white flight and the vestiges of slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation are not noticed. Things like white people rioting repeatedly throughout the years to maintain segregation are not noticed. Neither are things like resources being poured into fixing the destruction of white rioters and not black rioters or the unnatural relationship between corporations and local governments and how that relationship devastated and literally murdered white and black people alike. None of it is noticed.

White supremacy is best at making black bodies and communities hyper visible–and as such, it is *black* violence that we see in the papers. It is *black* city governments fucking everything to hell that we see. It is *black* women having babies and *black* riots and *black* segregation (i.e. when white people are in the minority) that we see.

I don’t think there’s much to say… or rather, my brain is still processing.  These aren’t new concepts, but the way it can be tied to such concrete events is mindblowing, as is the way these events are deconstructed. It’s like a braingasm. It makes me want to go back to school to learn history, like real history such as this.  Not that bullshit they teach us in schools.  In so many ways it can help us understand how we are situated in the present.  Which is why it is so convenient for the “haves” that an accurate history of civilization isn’t taught to most kids.  Can’t wait for the next post!