Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sotomayor's statement

About white men and Latino women. I wouldn't have any problem with it if it was also contextualized within class. As it is, just focussing on race and gender is a kind of retrograde nationalist chauvanism. Class it what makes critiques like this valid. Without it, there's no difference between the people advocating for Latino rights and people who are fans of White Power, something that bourgeois academics who conveniently leave class out of the equation don't fully appreciate. Racism without economics is an abstraction without a foundation, sexism without a greater awareness of the social structure around us, which is not necessarily all economic but which has been influenced by the structuring power of work, doesn't really express much either. Both fly out in the middle of nowhere without a bigger grounding, whether that be economic or an analysis of how patriarchy has existed and evolved, which goes back to the idea of Modes of Production from Marx.

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