Thursday, October 12, 2017

The whiteness of Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein's sex scandal is inspiring a lot of identitarians to comment about white men. So far as I know, none of the "Jews are not white" crowd has tried to correct them.

I suspect this is because:

1. Race is often code for class in the US. When some speakers talk about black people, they mean poor people, and when talking about white people, they mean rich people. (The blog Stuff White People Like is mostly about stuff that richer people of all races like.)

2. Identitarians confuse "white privilege" with capitalism, so whiteness equals privilege, entitlement, and abuse of the less powerful.

3. Identitarians have an inconsistent approach to identity. With poor groups, anything good is attributed to race while anything bad (like crime statistics) is attributed to class. But with richer groups, talking about class would suggest Jewish Americans, Hindu Americans, and Asian Americans are more privileged than white Christian Americans. So the "Jews are not white" crowd avoids that with another approach: Jews are white when, like Weinstein, they do something bad.