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Sun, May. 27th, 2012, 02:21 pm
freelark: "The Weightless Knapsack"

Tonight in Chicago folks will be gathering for an event at the Center on Halsted to discuss the ongoing problems of racism, classism, and transmisogyny in Boystown, Chicago's gay district. The event was prompted in part by the recent emergence of the When In Boystown Tumblr. (That will take you not to the blog itself but an article about the blog.)

On the event page someone linked to Darnell L. Moore's piece Post-Whiteness, which is about why the entire idea of post-whiteness is a busted concept. I think this quote from the second-to-last paragraph explains why this is an important topic for our community to think about:

Whiteness travels in stealth; it is supplemented by what anti-racist feminist Peggy McIntosh, writing on White privilege, unforgettably names the "invisible knapsack." The fact is: that "knapsack" has been quite visible in the lives of native and non-white Americans. It has only been invisible to those who carry the weightless knapsack on their backs. Indeed, the burden of the sack is felt by everyone but the bearer.

Mon, May. 28th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)

very cool, I hope this spreads