→ 15 Jun 12 at 6 am
Sharon Patricia Holland, from the introduction to “The Erotic Life of Racism”
"The focus on moving “beyond” race and its black/white binary…actually speaks to a persistent problem inherent in the black/white encounter: namely, that this crossing seems impossible; that this crossing almost never happens. In other words, what happens when someone who exists in time meets someone who only occupies space? Those who order the world, who are world-making time—-those animals and humans who are perceived as having no world-making effects—-merely occupy space. When James Baldwin asked, “How much time do you want for your progress?” he was marking this dichotomy. If the black appears as the antithesis of history (occupies space), the white represents the industry of progressive-ness (being in time). It is possible to surmise that resistance to this binary might actually be telling a truth about our sense of time and space instead of a truth about the meeting itself. We often talk of inequalities that emerge in black/white meeting, but we rarely understand those structural impediments and inequalities in terms of the phenomenological readings of time and space."