Normativity and critical race theory

 The renowned and infamous critical social theorist and Philosopher Slavoj Zizek Develops a notion somewhere in one of his books about the significant issue of reality in the context of philosophy is not simply change, but a change in how we are able to reckon what change is– and whether or not we can notice this kind of change.

This is all I’m gonna say right here about this post of this black person denouncing critical race theory.

I will let the reader Come upon the truth of this real development herself.

With one hint: What else supplies normalcy if it isn’t that which guides us to what is normal?

To Deconstruct the term “normal” to then say that the term does not identify anything that actually exists is merely to say that the term itself, ie normal, is identifying the very operation through which deconstruction is operating.  


One response to “Normativity and critical race theory”

  1. microglyphics Avatar

    Identity is a two-way street, and it doesn’t favour the individual. That I feel that I have a particular identity—suave, debonair, witty, and charmant—is all well and good, and feel-good self-help advisors will tell you it’s how you feel about yourself, but this self-assessment is meaningless outside the context of society.

    I know a lot of celebrities who are famous to the world but ordinary mums and dads to their kids, who don’t know the difference. Showing my age, I remember well the scene in the Roots miniseries where Kunta Kinte attempts to assert his identity against his master’s whip and the insistence that his received name would be Toby. Whilst most of us aren’t facing whips, we are subjected to the prejudice and attitudes of others who impose their version of our identity.

    In some cases, a Black man can play the Uncle Tom and assimilate into the White world. I’m think of Carton from Prince of Bel Air. Perhaps this assimilation is authentic; perhaps it comes at the expense of his very soul. And this isn’t limited to race. We can recall Sartre’s waiter playing the role, assuming performance boundaries to remain employed. Having lived in Los Angeles for a couple decades, I’ve met more than my fair share of waitstaff self-identifying and actors and screenwriters. And the service was excellent.


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