This crucial collection will reveal the “intellectual” basis for so-called “white privilege.” It took me less than 10 hours to consider myself well-versed in the subject. I will provide the essential links and concepts. The entire edifice, is in dire need
of refutation, if that be possible.
This is an attempt to get at the heart of the “white power/structure” justification. (You may need duct tape for your head.)
Let’s begin with the concept of “settler-colonialism.” There is “exploitation colonialism” and “settler colonialism.” The exploitative types may be called “Neo-colonialism,” “classical colonialism,” or “metropole colonialism”. It is asserted that the United States is a result of both exploitative and settler colonialism.
What’s important to understand about settler colonialism is that it is said to be the origin of the contemporary “white power structure;” said “structure” being what whites maintain and perpetuate by their, at the very least, passive participation. The worst is conscious racism. The “unconscious” (or sub-conscious) form is said to be operable no matter what level of awareness one possesses. I do believe I’ve read that.
The concept of a persistent structure is encapsulated by the phrase, “invasion is a structure not an event.” This is taken from an Australian man’s writings (Patrick Wolfe) about Australian settler-colonialism. It has, obviously, been adopted by those who condemn the existence of the United States. We all can say with certainty that Australia and the United States share a similar “invasion/colonization” history. (We share the “cowboy” history, subsequently.)
Before we move on, here is the full context from which the phrase, “invasion is a structure not an event”, as it appears on page 163 of Patrick Wolfe’s book:
The determination ‘settler-colonial state’ is Australian society’s primary
structural characteristic rather than merely a statement about its origins.
The primary object of settler-colonization is the land itself rather than the
surplus value to be derived from mixing native labour with it.¹⁶⁵ Though,
in practice, Indigenous labour was indispensible to Europeans, settler-
colonization is at base a winner-take-all project whose dominant feature is
not exploitation but replacement. The logic of this project, a sustained
institutional tendency to eliminate the Indigenous population, informs a
range of historical practices that might otherwise appear distinct — invasion
is a structure not an event.
(Footnote 165 verbatim: “The different colonial formation obtaining in the Torres Strait will be discussed below.”)
SETTLER COLONIALISM AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ANTHROPOLOGY; The Politics and Poetics of an Ethnographic Event (EPDF.tips)
Ok, then. End of Part I
(It gets really good, Wolfe gets into a critique of “relativism.”!)