"When we want to think of one race, the human race, then we become insensitive to the very real, very material effects of racist practice; but when we return to that practice, we can only see something produced by the machinations of large systems like the university or the state. We often only have eyes for the spectacularity of racist practice, not its everyday machinations that we in turn have some culpability in. This desire to see ourselves as exempt from racist violence, no matter how small, is part of the same logic that attempts to excise life choices, erotic choices from these larger systems. What we would have called racism is now “personal choice” or becomes mildly prejudicial. For example, to say that I am not hurting anyone when I say that I prefer to sleep with one racialized being over another, is to tell a different story about the erotic—-one where the autonomous becomes clouded by the sticky film of prejudice morphed into quotidian racism.The erotic, therefore, touches upon that aspect of racist practice that cannot be accounted for as racist practice but must be understood as something else altogether."