My Weekly Frustration: Week 7, The Last Week of Discussion on Neoliberalism

I will begin by saying wow, what a powerful ending to our exploration of neoliberalism!

We were assigned the introduction and chapters 4-5 of Jared Sexton’s, Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism. Sexton is a pretty awesome speaker, check out one of his lectures hereEven though there is SO much here to discuss, I’m not going to even attempt all of that. Hopefully that will give those of you who haven’t the opportunity to wrestle with this text the space to do so, while not steering your thoughts in any way. I strongly suggest you read this book, re-read, pause, and re-read again, in order to really start understanding the complexities within. I’m saying this after having only read through the assigned sections ONCE (with particular passages being re-read for the sake of this post). I KNOW I’m not prepared to discuss it at length.

Introduction: Ideology of Race & Racial Difference

I centered my thoughts here:

Precisely because of this impurity, this profound and inextricable historical intertwining, because of this togetherness, racism exists, not despite that fact. How else could it operate, and why else would it be, as it were, necessary?… Impurity and hybridity, in and of themselves, are no guaranteed challenge to the racial orders of white supremacy and antiblackness–such are their conditions of possibility. (Sexton, 35)

There ALWAYS has to be someone to exploit, to subjugate, to denigrate, in order to perpetuate the status quo. Using race is easy, cause it’s already there to exploit, easy pickings. Within the neoliberal frame, we are looking at this exploitation, subjugation, and denigration, through the lens of human capital. Which bodies are more valuable? Which bodies are priceless? Which bodies are not of any value, within this discussion of multiracialism? What ideology is considered a smart investment for success within our neoliberal frame, and what ideology seems doomed from the start? When I mention bodies, I want to pay more attention to the distinction between this intangible whiteness and the corporeal “other” (black and non-black) that stuck out to me in the reading.

Chapter 4: Race Mixture

I centered my thoughts here:

If the impetus for antimiscegenation is the prevention of interracial reproduction, then why make a fuss about interracial sexuality? Why the legend and lore about inconceivable orgies, overdeveloped sex organs, inhuman sexual stamina, or bestial pleasures of the flesh? Does it really matter that “mongrels” are produced in a context of intense enjoyment, or is it not enough that they are produced at all? Why the incessant, vitriolic inquisition: “Did you like it?!” (Sexton, 209)

The ambivalence of the connective relation of sexuality and racism. 

Chapter 5: The True Names of Race

I centered my thoughts here:

Risk incurs here not to the humiliation of dismissal but to the exhilarating possibility that we may be taken seriously, not least by an intramural engagement. The political task that remains is neither a restoration nor a restitution, but a creative destruction. (Sexton, 258)

Ah, creative destruction. Would this be in relation at all to our previous discussions about “averageness” as a means of destabilization of our neoliberal frame? How would this look within this multiracial discourse? What about radical Black Queer feminists? How do WE participate in it? Is it really calculable? Because aren’t we the thing being constantly broken? Our ideologies mutilated and ripped apart in the face of the post-“ism” era? Am I trippin’?

I’ll end it with this snippet from Audre Lorde’s, “Who Said it Was Simple“:

But I who am bound by my mirror

as well as my bed

see causes in colour

as well as sex

 

and sit here wondering

which me will survive

all these liberations.

I connected to this sentiment following the readings.

-D

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