The denial of racism used by so many whites [If you deny being a racist and you're white, you're a racist. "I beat you because you ask why I beat you".] in positions of authority ranging from the supervisor in a work place to the chief of Police and ministers of government must be understood for what it is: an example of White hegemonic power over those considered ‘other’.
Commissioners, investigative staff, legal staff and, in fact, all employees of human rights commissions should have a deeper appreciation of this social phenomenon. The new OHRC policy needs to recognize the role that difference and othering [Ok, I have GOT to start making up my own words like this]and their representation in terms of whiteness and blackness play in the social and cultural institutions of modern societies.
For many modern neo-Marxist theorists, especially those influenced by postmodernist and poststructuralist paradigms, racism is best understood by theorizing about ‘difference’ and ‘othering’. In fact, “the construction of difference” and the “process of assigning value to difference” are central to the understanding not only of racism, but many other forms of oppressive beliefs...
"The denial of racism used by so many whites..."
The first eight words of this little offering from the HRC should be tattooed onto the foreheads of everyone who contributed to the piece of drivel in question.
In fact, we should have T-shirts made up for people to wear at our upcoming Pitchforks n' Torches family picnics.
H/T to Kathy, (of course)