While much of our work critiques the Orientalist cultural practices of “The Asian” museum, the mass shootings at Oak Creek serve to remind us how this racialization of Asians “as Others and as eternal Outsiders” plays a dangerous role in white supremacist culture.
While we are generally not big fans of the following writer, and believe that greater effort needs to be made to distinguish whiteness from white skin, in this article she makes points worth reblogging. Via Racialicious: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings, by Harsha Walia, 8/6/12 (emphasis added):
White supremacy, as a dominant and dominating structuring, actually necessitates and relies on a discourse that suggests that hate crimes are random. Otherwise, whites might just have to start racially profiling all other young and middle-aged white men at airports or who are walking while white. Whites might have to analyze what young white children are being taught about in schools and in their homes about privilege and entitlement. Whites might have to own up to and seek to repair the legacy of racialized empire, imperialism, and settler-colonialism that has devastated and continues to destroy the lives and lands of millions of people across the globe.
Whites might actually have to start distancing themselves from white supremacy.
To my Sikh sisters and brothers: this incident is yet another reminder of what it means for us to be racialized as Others and as eternal Outsiders… (read more).