In the early Twentieth Century, French sociologist Emile Durkheim broke open the category of religion by separating it from a divine origin and relocating its source in human life itself. Contextualized by his anthropological study of Aboriginal religion, Durkheim’s groundbreaking The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, published in 1912, defined religion as “a unified system of beliefs […]Read more "Trumpism: A new old religion"
Being a white rapper since the early 90s has been a really mixed bag of confusing race politics; I think it gives me a different perspective. Hip-hop is a black art, white supremacy reigns, so what can I do to undermine it even though I have benefited from it? I do end up having a […]Read more "MC Sole’s “Bad” White Poetry – Accounting for Transgressive Whiteness through Hip Hop"
The commodification of Otherness has been so successful because it is offered as a new delight, more intense, more satisfying than normal ways of doing and feeling. Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture. – bell hooks, “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” […]Read more "What About Latoya? – On the Spectacle of the Other in Nicole Arbour’s “Dear Black People”"
Welcome to The Neoabolitionist! Drawing on the insights of critical whiteness studies, a field of race theory that interrogates the formation of white culture, the authors of this blog examine cultural products for the ways in which some reproduce and some resist social scripts that privilege whiteness as an unmarked marker of human identity. In […]Read more "Interrogating White Culture: The Neoabolitionist"