Like the idea of “examining Whiteness“, it’s thoughts like these, in the type of context they often appear in, that show evidence of an old paradigm. The idea begs the question:
What do White anti-racists feel is at stake for them and for Whites, generally, when it comes to trying to understand race, Whiteness, White Privilege and how things work and impact people, particularly White people, in a system of WHITE SUPREMACY?
Put another way: what is it a matter of for White anti-racist?
Is it an “intellectual exercise” as LLB confessed about his previous approach…? Is it just another topic, another cause or issue like any other issue? Or is it, is all the talk about being anti-racist, all the rhetoric about trying to counteract WHITE SUPREMACY, is it for some so-called White anti-racists, consciously or not-so-consciously, intentionally or damn-near-instinctively, a defense mechanism as Barbara Karens speculates?
“…we white anti-racists will fight to feel and present [ourselves] like “good white people” as if we are fighting for our very lives. Because culturally, we are… We will give this up if and only if this inhumane Euro-white cultural/structural/spiritual system dies or gets destroyed…”