[lbo-talk] who is the most racist?

Dennis Claxton ddclaxton at earthlink.net
Fri May 11 14:48:36 PDT 2007

> > But unless individual attitudes are changed you are never
> > going to change institutional behavior. The only way
> > queers have made any progress is to get non-queers to
> > abandon their hates and fears about us.
>Carrol has never really explained how his systemic abstractions
>express themselves through individuals and small groups. There's
>History and Politics and Revolution, all of which just seem to happen
>without actual human agents. There's kind of a "devil made me do it"
>aspect to this. How'd those cops who shot Eleanor Bumpurs and Amadou
>Diallo and Sean Bell come to pull the triggers? Is there no way of
>stopping them pulling the triggers short of some mysterious grand
>transformation that will happen...how?

I understand the problem with mysterious grand transformation and of course it's important to get individuals to abandon hate and fear. But the cops example here is the kind of thing where I get confused about individual/institution. Cops aren't individual actors like the rest of us. They're the law. And changing of individual attitudes might result in the election of a black man to the presidency, but how does that change the office?

I got no answers here, just questions.

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