Multiculturalism (and its limits): Fusco and Carby (How do we change: …
Multiculturalism (and its limits): Fusco and Carby
following Anzaldua, what are some ways we could approach intercultural exchange equitably?
"tolerance for ambiguity"--ways to conceptualize the self in a way that makes us alright with the plurality to the self/individualism (101)
reevaluate the inequitable political and socioeconomic structures: "Nothing happens in the 'real' world unless it first happens in the images in our heads" (109)--ok, what if there's no singular "real" world; self-awareness is the first step
Coco FUsco--how do the images in our head work when we're thinking about colonial, racist practices?
Columbus: "But the concept of culturally diversity fundamental to this understanding strikes at the heart of the sense of control over Otherness that Columbus sympolized" (226) sets authority/right to stake out what's mine (my culture, others' bodies, etc)
playing "colonizer": "audience members felt entitled to assume the role of the colonizer; only to find themselves uncomfortable with the implications of the game" (231);
"adapt to tradition well"; "shocked" by things that feel American/Western
the IMAGES of "foreign" allow us to reproduce colonial/racist violence
performance art and subjugation : "create a satirical commentary on Western concepts of the exotic, primitive "Other"; where do these ideas/fantasies come from? "prospero complex" (fuck you, Shakespeare), white women unpurified--THE STORIES PEOPLE TELL!!!!!
THE OVERLAP OF EXOTIC/EROTIC WOMEN OF COLOR
the observors were in control about what "real" indigineity/third wordlness is "supposed" to look like. Animalistic/atavistic
reveals the entire hollowness of multicultualism; no one is actively undoing this, and happy multiculturalism allows for the work to stop
structurally we need new representations, new discoures
Hazel B. Carby "The Multicultural Wars"
Problem: universities (private and public) are 'so diverse' and using multiculural curriculum; racist zoning and modern segregation practices;
Problem: using black lit/black women's writings to show diversity, but failing to attend to the material inequalities that promote racist segregation; the optics of "good whiteness" (16/17)
"indeed those same readers are a part of the white suburban constituency who refuse to support the building of affordable housing in ther affluent subburbs" (16);
How do we change:
for history, let's teach all sides, not just from a colonial perspective
by recognizing the fear of losing whiteness, it exposed the violent, white supremacy we have going on
more funding for education and for ALL schools
fixing the fetishizing gaze of "othering"
white enthocentric beauty standards