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The Social Relations of Race

The Social Relations of Race

Antiracism is driven by a need to settle the score–to overtly penalize whiteness because it is whiteness, alone, which created the conditions for the social relations between white and non-white people. Yet, just as a king is not inherently royal, but appointed as such via social construction, so, too, is whiteness not inherently oppressive. This ideology, which asserts that it is such, is a social construction, imposing dynamics onto relationships between people, asserting a misrecognition as absolute truth.

The Sublime

What is the Sublime?

I love the way Žižek uses currency as an exemplar for the sublime. Currency has a corporal body subject to decay, like any other corporal body. However, because an external authority deems it to be, currency retains its market value, regardless of its wear and tear. Unlike a car, which loses value as soon as it’s driven off the dealership lot, currency possesses its full market value as long as it remains in circulation. In this manner, due to the intervention of authority, money, as a thing, transcends decay, because regardless of its condition, it always possesses the fullness of its value.

antisocial media

Anti-Social Capital

Statistical measures–likes, follows, shares, views–can never fully articulate the actual value of an individual’s presence or performance online. Like the remnant value unaccounted for in the commodity form (Marx), there is a remainder unaccounted for by social media performance indicators. The exchange value is disproportionate to the actual value of the creation or creator.

Back to School

Currently, I’ve been waking from dreams with eerily similar content. I’m back in high school (I hated high school), I’m impounded, frustrated because I don’t want to be there. I’ve been here before. Why am I back? Why do I have to do this–all–over–again?