IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE:Neoliberalism and the turn against
THE CRISES OFRACISM IN A NEOLIBERAL AGE (WITH GAVAN TITLEY) ZED BOOKS JUNE 2011
OVERVIEWToday, ‘racial neoliberalism’, incorporatingpost-racialism, is the dominant mode inwhich racism ﬁnds discursive expression.
OVERVIEWToday, ‘racial neoliberalism’, incorporatingpost-racialism, is the dominant mode inwhich racism ﬁnds discursive expression.The debate on multiculturalism is inscribedin a post-racial logic.
OVERVIEWToday, ‘racial neoliberalism’, incorporatingpost-racialism, is the dominant mode inwhich racism ﬁnds discursive expression.The debate on multiculturalism is inscribedin a post-racial logic.The ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ is thecontemporary articulation of racism.
TOO DIVERSE: THE REAL PROBLEM WITH Entropa Installation: The Netherlands is seen as series of minarets submerged by a ﬂood
TOO DIVERSE: THE REAL PROBLEM WITH “Nas @43 where have I mentioned the word ‘genetics’ or the word ‘race’? My problem is with Somali culture not Somali genes.” Entropa Installation: The Netherlands is seen as series of minarets submerged by a ﬂood CAULDRON — ON 21ST AUGUST, 2009
I’M NOT BEING
I’M NOT BEING“And the libs, of course, say thatminorities cannot be racistsbecause they dont have thepower to implement their racism.Well, those days are gone,because reverse racists certainlydo have the power to implementtheir power. Obama is thegreatest living example of areverse racist, and now hesappointed one.”
NEOLIBERALIZING “Neoliberal governance has no ideological intent with regards to race... [N]eoliberalism does not invest ideologically in racism, be it the overt racism of the far or new right or the colourblind consensus favoured by neoconservatives. State neoliberalism governmentalizes, but it does not always do so in consistent terms, borrowing instead from a range of discourses, histories and practices. Thus, racialized populations are both subject to greater discipline and control while being spoken about in terms that borrow from the language of civil rights and identity politics.” The Crises of Multiculturalism (Lentin and Titley)
GOOD & BAD
GOOD & BAD“In the European shift to theprivatization of race, the shiftingborder between good diversity,requiring celebration andcultivation, and bad diversity,diverse matter recognized as ofout place, is central tounderstanding a particularlyinﬂuential inﬂection ofantiracialism. How can there beracism when the officialcommitment to diversity is somanifest, and so mediated?” The Crises of Multiculturalism (Lentin and Titley)
‘Europeans know more about Arabic calligraphy and kente cloth because they know less about Montaigne and Goethe. If the spread of Pakistani cuisine is the single greatest improvement in British public life over the past half- century, it is also worth noting that the bombs used for the failed London transport attacks of July 21, 2005, were made from a mix of hydrogen peroxide and chapatti ﬂour. Immigration is not enhancing or validating European culture; it is supplanting it’ Christopher Caldwell 2009: 17
MANAGING DIVERSITY ‘The celebration of diversity, as an added value, is crucial today in a Europe which is a diverse continent. Learning more about each other is an enriching experience that usually leads someone to a greater sensitivity and understanding of others. That is why diversity is essential to ensure Europe’s cohesion’’ European Youth Forum (2007)
CULTURALIZED“The communicationlecturer, who was there,blurted out that infamousremark: ‘When I go toMorocco and I go into aMosque, I take off myshoes, so you can take offyour veil!’. I am so used tohearing this remark that Iquickly respond, ‘Goodfor you, but excuse me, Iam French, I have myrights and you cannotdeny them.”FATIMA (20) IN LES FILLES
CONCLUSION“Why is a book that makes youashamed for its author, evenoccasionally ashamed to bereading it, still worth reading?Because for all its bigotry andparanoia, all of its ill-informeddismissal of Islamic history andculture, “The Rage and thePride” is a bracing response tothe moral equivocation, themulti-culti political correctness,the minimization and denial ofthe danger of Islamo-fascismthat dogs the response to Sept.11 and to the ongoing war on