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What happens to anti-racism when we are post-race?
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 00:51 authored by Alana Lentin
Despite the resistance from radical antiracist formations, autonomously organised by racialized minorities and migrants themselves, that can be witnessed in many spaces, the success with which antiracism has been both appropriated and relativized by the state as well as hegemonicactivist voices poses a significant threat. The politics of diversity and the consensus around thenotion that western societies are post-race contribute to portraying the critique of racism frompeople of colour as inaccurate, alienating and counter-productive to the achievement of socialcohesion. The necessity of dismantling the idea of race as suggested by antiracist activists andscholars has been subverted in the deconstruction of the experience of racism by an 'antiracialist' rather than a more radical antiracistagenda intent on relativizing the struggle against racism as oneamong many. The consequence of this in the context of postracialism is for racism itself to bedeparticularized and dissociated from its historical roots. Antiracism needs to reclaim the risk, thatGoldberg argues is inherent to it, and rescue it from being universalised into meaninglessness.
JournalFeminist Legal Studies
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- Sociology and Criminology Publications
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