Positivist Culture

www.huffpost.com/entry/cnn-advertisers-rick-santorum-native-americans_n_60997c0ce4b012351604a9b2

Perhaps some people may not entirely understand the back lash against Santorum’s statement that “there isn’t much Native Culture in modern American culture”.

There is plenty of Native culture in American culture, but Santorum is talking about

(1) popular material culture, where we literally do not see very much representation of Native art in pop media, cities, etc.. which is true.

(2) his positivist naive view on culture which explains current manifestations of institutions, events, activities as a result of European (read: white) ingenuity, intelligence and fortitude, etc…

This latter is false because it ignores and eliminates the actual material conditions upon which such positivist notions gain their substance. It is a “never mind that man behind the curtain” view of America. It is a view which supposes itself arising and occurring in a vacuum that is itself.

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Ideals of Positivist Mental Health likewise suffer from the same kind of myopia.

As well, what I term conventional philosophy.

Later on those last two.x

Terrible Commodification of Huffington Hype: The Racist Misogyny Of The Atlanta Spa Shootings | HuffPost

The Racist Misogyny Of The Atlanta Spa Shootings | HuffPost
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—– I am all about social justice. But this is just Terrible piece of journalism, and cites a kind a feminism which has weak theoretical backing. It is hate guised in justice. Pure commercial news with profit seeking motive. Terrible. 

If it was white women or Latinas who are known for giving “happy endings” at massage parlors, it would have been white and Latin women who were killed.

At best, it is a sexual problem of mental health dimensions, albeit yes a kind of misogyny, but one which is biologically based, I’d say, which has indeed informed the systemic oppression of women historically, yes. And maybe by extension the massage parlors which has been historically institutionalized by the Asian community, as a sort of front, where behind the scenes clients are giving “happy endings” of a sexual nature — yes, maybe there is some racial component there. But To try and merge deaths with the conversation of racial injustice in America and racism, I think that is blurring the issue and weakening the overall call for systemic change.. It is presenting a contrast between human agency and racial presentation as an essential component of being human, again, disguised by the trope of racial oppression. Basically, a poor activity of journalism, barely even disguised for its money making agenda. 

The point of social justice is not to get back and retaliate at the historical reiteration of inequity, like the article poses implicitly; on the contrary, equity and social justice is to bring to light and think critically about our own role in the maintenance of oppressive systems.

If the dude is telling the truth, then at best he has a mental issue around sex. The press and others are just then just using the coincidence of the Asian company and the even as a means to put Asian racism in the spotlight. For sure, there is racism in every corner, but perhaps not what motivated this murderer. That is, unless we are going to put us all under the microscope of being manipulated by systemic coercion, which is not what the analysis of race relations nor is institutional critique is about.x

Violence against women by men is a systemic reaction: an act by men who are unable to see human beings who do not adhere to their own sense of righteousness as human beings. And women are an easy scapegoat for this inability of men.

Repost: Same Wolf, Different Clothes. White Evangelicals and Critical Race… | by Matthew Teutsch | Arc Digital

White evangelicals have made Critical Race Theory their greatest enemy. This harms the church, writes Silas Lapham.
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Zizek on Racism: And, the reason for orientation.

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Zizek suggests the interface of struggle is between identity and universality.

This is interesting to me in as much as I propose a new basis of what is universal.

I always get from Zizek a sort of global version of racism which could be a little off from the formulation which has arisen in the Western Hemisphere. I sense that it is the universality of the Hegelian spirit mixed with the inherent failure of Lacanian linguistic analogy which is informing Zizek’s materiality. A good one, yes, but I think by his psychoanalysis and resultant centrality (universality) he makes the point of materialism, which is ultimately that there is no means to get to the universality of things in themselves. Everything is political to Zizek. Hence, he cannot see what is actually universal. Zizek’s phenomenal ontological parallax is historically pivotal.

Nevertheless, a good friend of mine who is actually African-American (not just a Black person) herself Says that American racism is just beneath her concern. That she doesn’t really view things through the lens of “Black Lives Matter” in such things that we have got going on over here. Well she excepts their validity, her own personal experience and opinion upon the matter is that anyone who would show her that taste but racism is just ignorant and not worth her attention.

I think that’s really what Zizek Is always indicating in every comment that he has on racism that I’ve heard of; namely, that people of color that he talks to feel as if there is a sort of an imposition of racial relations upon their local manifestation of politics, say on the African continent. And that indeed people of color reserve the right to be racist whoever they want to also, and always do, just like every other category of human being.

Nevertheless, my question to my friend, which I haven’t really asked her, is how she feels about indeed that the system of the United States already puts her in a place of compromise At all times. And the situation that might she may be walking away from because they’re beneath her attention, could be limiting her to a smaller or truncated freedom that she supposes to be activated.

Perhaps the history of the western hemisphere is so dichotomized between colonizer white people And oppressed dark people, that the more overt distinctions of various cultures on the western hemisphere, various nations, various groups in their own right, it’s clouded because of the presence of the white man is so symbolically hegemonic throughout the lands.

I don’t know. I’ve barely been out of my thousand mile radius from where I was born. And I’m white.

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Two routes upon objects is instructive here. Since indeed I must humble myself in order to be able to encounter the other. But this does not mean that I “say that I am nothing…and you ate wrong because you are more than nothing”.

It is interesting that Zizek has a book called “less than nothing”. I don’t remember if that’s on my bookshelf, but he pretty much says the same thing over and over again in different contexts; it’s his analyses in these different contacts which are really amazing and I think why people go to him and listen to what he has to say.

But anyways, he begins this video clip with a joke about people who are fighting over who is more worth less, and the self righteousness that comes out of the feeling that I should be less than this other person because obviously this other person is not quite as nothing as I am. lol

We could see here though that Zack is not telling us about some incorrect way of being, rather, he’s telling us about how people behave, or how people understand that situation and then react to other things from it, and how this causes problems.

This shows is that people are not really comprehending what this “nothing” is. They are naturally having a righteous, a self-righteous, reaction to this concept of nothingness that is themselves as if somethings wrong with it. It is an inner conflict that I have indicated is inherently part of the modern human being. And indeed it is the psychological conflict which informs the basis of a move towards a view from an object orientation of counseling. As the paper a couple posts ago.x

White Man, white men, and whiteness

White Man vs white men

https://maylynno.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/white-man-vs-white-men/
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—- yes.

And “whiteness” is the an ideological construct which functions off the sign of white skin, and is embedded in the politics of global identity.

Hence, white people, historically immune from race, can work to deconstruct the systemization of whiteness by racializing their bodies as political identities to thus bring into the light and speak about the experience that is their own racial identity that is white.

Thereby all people become empowered through the common recognition by speaking about that which regularly remains silent in the concept known as human. For it is the ideal of the common human being that presently perpetuates the global systemic oppression of whiteness by refusing to admit the biases embedded in the very concept and experience of skin color, as though ‘race’ does not exist simply because it has no biological bases of truth.

Of course it doesn’t; race is a social construct intensionally fabricated by people of light skin and institutionalized through ideological and technological instruments for the purpose of implementing and maintaining power for lighter skinned people.

By acknowledging my privilege as a white person, as well as acknowledging the experience that goes hand and hand with it, I thereby invite myself into the experience of oppression, instead of denying it through justification, and as well begin to be able to acknowledge and notice the experience of people of color, to thus work toward that reality which includes all humans equitably.

This does not mean I work to remove my identity as though it is ontologically wrong or improper. Rather; by recognizing what I am, I thereby help others to recognize what they are such that we all become more free to pursue our potential being a human being.

By recognizing the system which grants me privilege, I begin to destabilize that which is oppressing myself.

Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.

we have a far worse race problem than the United States

Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.

————— Systemic racism is intentional. I wonder when the discipline of philosophy itself Will look at its Systemic intentional racism. I mean, it is the philosophers Who started using “intention“ as a justification for subjective agency.

Even as philosophers argued for the essential justice involved in being intentionally aware and active, the subject justified in itself for whatever it comes upon for whatever it’s able to think…

…We know now that the crucial component of intentionality is actually responsibility. It is not merely that a subject is ontologically justified in its ability. We are seeing more and more that this “natural ability“ is racist, tends to promote one group over the other and in fact in, our world has directed all systems based upon this notion of “natural ontology” to make exclusion as a “natural” blind spot for the intensional purpose of making one group (White) superior to every other group.

I am asking just how the notion of reason itself might be a systemic enforcer. For the identity which arises through conventional reflection upon thinking, automatically assumes that its reasoning is neutral and able to come overcome any bias of itself through reflecting upon itself. That is the definition of whiteness; that is the definition of systemic racism. As though the subject exists outside of ideological enforcement, as though indeed the subject, the human thinker, is communing with some ethical source, some pristine essential goodness, that arises outside of the ideological system.

All Lives Matter, and why that doesn’t really matter right now.

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The ethical retort to Black Lives Matter, ie All Lives Matter, expresses an attitude that should be. It is an idealism. The issue is not that all lives do not matter. The issue is that when we look at what occurs through all social and economic sectors, black people, and people of color in general, are not mattering. Indeed, systemically, black lives are worth less than white lives. This is actuality.

The problem is in the color blindness which accompanies human idealism. This idealism is, In fact and actually, whiteness.

It is the deliberate act of turning ones view away from what is actually occurring toward the way things should be.

This reliance upon what should be is a way of avoiding that things are not what they should be, and relying upon the status quo as the “common senseway of getting us to where we should be. What this means most often is a return to what was.

In order for black lives to matter we have to stop repeating what was as an ethical goal.

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On a more philosophical note: Hegel (but Western Philosophy in general) is the philosophy of systemic whiteness Because he asserts reason as something that every human being should have.

But, in actuality, there is no traversal across a common category. In other words: not all human beings have an ability to reason as the manner Hegel assumes of the common human being.

It is not that all humans can reason sensibly; it is that as we proceed, we do not know which ones will be able to, so we act as though everyone can and does.

Typically, modern humans project our ideas upon the world and judge it by our intension, Instead of encountering the world for what it actually is and adjusting our view accordingly.

More Evidence which Rejects that there is an Actual Universal Individual Responsibility for Action

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ecf512dc5b6791a3c29eef4?ncid=newsltushpmgnews

Whiteness relies upon the concept of an essential individual which makes free ethical choices.

Systemic racism posits that (1) those in power always find individual justification after the fact, and always thus claim individual responsibility with reference to systemic justification (redundancy); (2) true responsibility arises in the interruption of such ontological redundancy.

Presently, no universally justified individual exists outside of ideological control.

This is not a human constant; rather, it is the particular situation in which we find ourselves.

What is human is still left to be discovered. This is the true teleology of the philosopher.

Is there a teleological suspension of the systemic ?

[note: what we do and think in the regular-everyday calm in our day is referenced by what we resort to when we are in distress. The separation is ideological, and not ontological .]

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