Race Traitors

Alex LoCascio alexlocascio at juno.com
Thu Feb 25 22:02:20 PST 1999

On Thu, 25 Feb 1999 21:55:38 -0500 Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> writes:

>It's sort of like those whiteness guys who refuse the appellation. Isn't
>there a story about Ted Allen reacting to a cabbie who was going on in a
>racist manner about "us white guys" by claiming he's not white? An
>that has its limits I'd guess.

The problem with the Race Traitor school of thought is that it assumes that simply renouncing one's "whiteness" contributes in any way towards securing social justice for people of color. It doesn't, and comes across as nothing but a highbrow variation on the "wigger" theme that William Wimsatt deals with in Bomb the Suburbs.

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