A New Brand Of “Woke Racism” Is Upon Us

Everything you wanted to know about “multiracial whiteness” but were too intelligent to ask

Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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I’m tempted to begin and end this essay about what “multiracial whiteness” is, with the word “stupid”. But given that my New Year’s resolution for 2021 is to be more charitable, let’s look a little deeper.

I first heard the term a few days ago, when a friend sent me this article entitled “To Understand Trump’s Support, We Must Think in Terms of Multiracial Whiteness” (I swear she only sends me these things because she enjoys seeing the little vein in my temple throb).

Written by Cristina Beltrán, an associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, the piece attempts to explain why people of colour chose to take part in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The question baffles me too. Understanding why people of colour voted for somebody like Trump is difficult enough, but why they might stage a coup on his behalf is truly a mystery. I dived right in.

“The Trump administration’s anti-immigration, anti-civil rights stance has made it easy to classify the president’s loyalists as a homogenous mob of white nationalists,”

Cristina begins, apparently confusing the word ‘easy’ with the word ‘simplistic’.

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Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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