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Dirty Work

December 11, 2009

While wealthy white males are the primary beneficiaries of capitalist white male supremacy, the hierarchical nature of the system provides that they are not, in fact, the sole beneficiaries.  The system is structured in such a way as to secondarily benefit middle classes and castes specifically because a two-tier hierarchy is unstable.  The privileging of middle classes and castes ultimately advantages those at the very top of the hierarchy; it cushions the rift between the haves and the have-nots.

So it is that the power differentials between the poles of  heterosexual maleness and lesbian femaleness, wealth and poverty, whiteness and blackness, are all maintained by those who occupy states in the middle of these spectra.  For example, people who are neither white nor black do a lot of the dirty work of maintaining white supremacy.  An Asian or non-black Middle Eastern shopkeeper might (and, in reality, often does) discriminate against black patrons.  In doing so, the shopkeeper further distinguishes herself from the black under-class (that is, in addition to the already apparent physical difference) by aligning herself with the values of the white ruling class and is rewarded with the security of her economic privilege.  The fewer black people who frequent an establishment the more white people will choose to patronize it, after all, and what better way to minimize a black clientele than to make it uncomfortable or impractical for black people to access it?  In this way, white folks – even those claiming to be “anti-racist” – can wash their hands of the enforcement of white supremacy, even as they continue to benefit from a situation in which black patrons will be treated badly and white ones will be treated well.  Then, in the name of “anti-racism,” white people justify silence in the face of anti-black racism by other non-whites; to speak out against it would ostensibly be “racist” against the Asian or non-black Middle Eastern shopkeeper, even though the anti-black sentiment is ultimately a result and perpetuation of white supremacy.

Similarly, much of the discrimination against the poor is undertaken by middle-of-the-road economic classes.  In a capitalist system, the rights of the shopkeeper are championed above those of the poorest employees and consumers, even as the industry moguls are the ultimate beneficiaries of this system.  The poor are forced to direct their complaints to the middle-men (who are supported by those at the top of the chain even as they, too, are oppressed by them), who act as a buffer between the lower classes and the elite.

And with regard to male supremacy, the rights of faggots and trannies are given priority over the rights of women.  Males generally have nothing whatsoever to say about the role that faggots have played in the oppression of the female population, as to do so would be “homophobic.”  They likewise have nothing to say about the infiltration of trannies into female services and spaces; we have a whole host of self-declared white heterosexual males admonishing us not to be “transphobic,” after all.  In fact, it is only when male trannies encroach upon the sanctity of the male heterosexual’s bedroom that males take any exception to the notion that male trannies are female.  So long as trans-politics solely affect female people, though, heterosexual males are quite content to simply wash their hands of the affair – and in the name of “equality,” “tolerance,” and “fairness, at that! – all while they reap the primary benefits from the diversion of female energies and resources toward male interests.

5 Comments
  1. December 11, 2009 2:32 am

    You know I have to go and bold a few of those lines.

  2. December 11, 2009 2:04 pm

    In this way, white folks – even those claiming to be “anti-racist” – can wash their hands of the enforcement of white supremacy, even as they continue to benefit from a situation in which black patrons will be treated badly and white ones will be treated well. Then, in the name of “anti-racism,” white people justify silence in the face of anti-black racism by other non-whites; to speak out against it would ostensibly be “racist” against the Asian or non-black Middle Eastern shopkeeper, even though the anti-black sentiment is ultimately a result and perpetuation of white supremacy.

    I’ve been trying to say something about this specific area but you have said it all. Whites can act as if it is a problem between the blacks and Asians and nothing to do with them, when in fact, the conflict benefits them the most. I would think, a white anti-racist who is truly invested in anti-racism would ask themselves why they are inclined to side with the lighter/whiter of the two so quickly and why is it that the lighter of the two happens to favor/side with the whites. In what situation is the darker of the two ever proven to be the wronged? Never. How is that not questioned?

    • atheistwoman permalink
      December 12, 2009 6:13 pm

      You know that analogy reminds me of the way men just snigger (is that a word?) in delight whenever women fight with each other. Especially when it all about them. They don’t speak out against the trannies/Asians/middle-east shop-keepers because they are just enjoying the show far too much.

  3. December 12, 2009 1:35 am

    I would think, a white anti-racist who is truly invested in anti-racism would ask themselves why they are inclined to side with the lighter/whiter of the two so quickly and why is it that the lighter of the two happens to favor/side with the whites.

    Exactly. But most of these people aren’t really invested in anti-racism. They’re only invested in making sure that other white people don’t think they are blatant, hood-wearing, KKK-style racists. And they just chalk the inclination of the lighter, whiter and more white-identified folks to side with whites to “choice” the same way males do when they point at male-identified women who just so happen to love stripping or whatever. How convenient.

  4. berryblade permalink
    December 13, 2009 7:07 am

    This is a really interesting piece, thanks for sharing.

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