What I Think About When I Think About Skin - TAIAIAKE
People seem to think that modern-day Canada is a post-racist society. But I don’t believe it; that’s not my experience. Maybe, like the ancient Greeks, the people who are dominant now in this land, white people, no longer have to organize their ideas and institutions around skin colour because they don’t need to do that to maintain themselves in the privileged position they have inherited from their brutishly racist ancestors? After all, the original landlords of this continent are (thought to be) conquered; we’ve been relentlessly de-cultured, and our freedom to be ourselves has been deposited alongside all the masks, canoes and ladles in the museum. We are no longer a threat, and to most people it must seem like we crave nothing more than mercy and to be finally allowed to conform. To the now-dominant newcomers to our lands, the primitive racism of their forebears, which was so obsessed with assigning a person’s worth based on gradations of skin colour, must seem so obnoxious; it is certainly obsolete.
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