Individualism is racist too

Ultimately, it’s not enough to reject the cultural marxist dogma that all groups are innately equal. One must also reject the dogma that all groups should be equal. One must reclaim the right to be elitist — to be superior, individually and collectively.

Why Can’t We All Just Be Individuals?: Countering the Discourse of Individualism in Anti-racist Education

In my years as a white person co-facilitating anti-racism courses for primarily white audiences in a range of academic, corporate, and government institutions across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, I have come to believe that the Discourse of Individualism is one of the primary barriers preventing well-meaning (and other) white people from understanding racism. ….I had just finished presenting this list and had called for a break, during which a white woman, “Sue,” who had been sitting next to a white man, “Bill,” approached me and declared, “Bill and I think we should all just see each other as individuals.”….So what was Sue and Bill’s point? In my experience, when white people insist on Individualism in discussions about racism, they are in essence saying: My race has not made a difference in my life, so why do we have to talk about race as if it mattered?…Obviously I disagree with these familiar dominant claims, as they stand in the face of all evidence to the contrary, both research-based evidence of racial discrimination and disparity on every measure (see Copeland, 2005; Hochschild & Weaver, 2007; Micceri, 2009; Wessel, 2005) and visible evidence of ongoing patterns of segregation in education, economics, and housing. The purpose of this paper is to offer a critical analysis of how the Discourse of Individualism, rather than ameliorating racism, actually functions to obscure and maintain racism’s manifestation in our lives. In countering these claims in depth, my goal is to provide a more comprehensive challenge to the dominant Discourse of Individualism that inevitably surfaces in anti-racist work, for the more deeply we can interrogate this discourse, the more effectively we might challenge it.

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