This may come as a surprise to all of you but my range of interests do extend beyond New York City. Yes, I promise. I spend a lot of time learning and talking about race and racism, as well as trying to understand myself as a member of a racialized group. Although I’m not sure if constantly engaging in a racial analysis of the world around me is an interest as much as it is a necessity.
It is then with my new section, “Racist New York”, that I seek to intersect these two powerful subjects I devote considerable time thinking about: racial theory and New York. This section will focus on dismantling racial stereotypes that exist in New York City such as the thug, the JAP, the chola, etc... I will seek to understand their origins, multiple implications, evolutions, and their contribution in maintaining different systems of oppression including — but not exclusively — patriarchy and white supremacy.
I first thought of naming the section “Stereotypical New Yorkers” and making it a humorous section. However, I think it will be more valuable to unmask the racism behind stereotypization.
Please look forward to my next posts!