The Flying Monkey

Mayday: Will the Arts Community Heed the Call?

Racism is not just a few ignorant bad apples. Racism is systemic by its very nature; it cannot flourish without power. So “reverse racism” for white people? Not even possible, because racialized peoples in Canada do not have the power to enforce it on a systemic level. To make parallels with Australian philosopher Kate Manne’s work on misogyny and the patriarchy, white supremacy is the social order of white dominance maintained through the subordination and servitude of racialized peoples, while systemic racism is the many structures, forms, and methods employed to keep people of colour in their place.

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