Why the Others Stay the Others

The Common House Unit 5E, 5 Pundersons Gardens, E2 9QG

In a world full of cultural exchange and international trade, racism is a wide-spread ideology. What might seem like a contradiction, in fact fits really well. While a rejection of racism is widespread amongst the left, it is mainly restricted to an opposition to judging people on the basis of a racist hierarchy. While this is part of the story, a central quality of racism is left out: racism is about essentialising people, determining behaviour, belonging or taste by somebody's "cultural background". This racist essentialising is also common amongst the left, and it is part of the problem...