Identity politics is a bottomless sewer pit of racism. A victimhood Olympics whose only purpose is feigning weakness to exercise strength. An endless racist pile-on in the name of fighting racism.
A random case in point from a letter to the Santa Cruz Lookout.
Congratulations to Martine Watkins on being the first biracial mayor in Santa Cruz. I hope she will step aside so we can also congratulate our first Black mayor, Justin Cummings.
How sad that Watkins hasn’t done the work to understand her position and privilege as a light-skinned biracial person in America. How sad that with her privilege and her platform, she chooses to say, “What about me?”
To society at large, she appears to be a white woman. Though her father is Black, I’m confused why she mentions “colorism” while also denying that she benefits from it. Maybe we can call it “light privilege,” since it would appear that she cannot accept that she benefits from white privilege.
Forget white privilege, we can all usher in light privilege. Except for those of us who live in black holes and fall past the event horizon from which no light can possibly escape.
The good news is that society has advanced so far that race is now a confused pyramid upholding a caste system at the peak of which is crazy racism.
I have a Black dad, too, and most people think I’m white mixed with something they can’t put their finger on. I understood my privilege at a young age, while my father also taught me to “never forget that you’re Black.” I’m sorry this lesson was never taught to Watkins, since she also walks the complicated line of being biracial
Biracial privilege is of course a thing now because society is hopelessly racist and broken.
As a caucasian-passing college student who identifies as mixed-race, I must also be critical of my white privilege while challenging the stereotypes of mixed-race people.
Or, and this is madness, we could try relating to each other as human beings again. Crazy, I know.