[Marxism] Is white male privilege an "illusion"? (Was: Re: Troubledtime)

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Sat Nov 25 17:59:00 MST 2006

The main problem with theories of white privilege is that they interfere
with the struggle against racism by misunderstanding both the grounds of
racism and the ways in which it operates. (There _has_ been something
like male privilege, but that is disappearing as the forms of male
supremacy change.)

Take the most extreme form of modern racism: the lynching. That is a
fairly good image of the overall operations of racism. It would be
insane to say that not being lynched is a "privilege." Shit!

The "under-privileging" of one group (and that is even a clumsy way to
get at racism) tells one nothing at all about the privileging of other

We learn _nothing_ about either structural racism or how to fight it by
focusing on individual attitudes or on the treatment of whites.


P.S. Arguing race vs class etc as Barbara Fields has pointed out is as
silly as arguing about the numerator vs the denominator of fractions.

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