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Vox, allegedly, exists not only to report the news, but explain it; the very first link at the top of the Vox homepage is labeled, “Explainers.” And while we and others on social media have had a lot of fun poking holes in the site’s “Voxsplanations,” it looks like Splinter wants very much to take over the explainer business. Looking at the photos on its “About” page, Splinter would appear to have a fair share of white people on its staff, but now we’re not sure, seeing as whiteness is just a concept. Not that that theory needed further explanation after the release of Rachel Dolezal’s book , but that was a memoir; Splinter’s Splinterslanation goes deep into American history to prove … something. Whiteness is a made-up concept. But it has a huge effect on our society: /EKApgJFvOu — Splinter (@splinter_news) August 27, 2017 Attention Caucasians https:///LNUAGz62a2 — Chuck Brown (@Cha51brolll19) August 27, 2017 EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS. https:///M7MDACyGEG — Amanda Seales 🇬🇩 (@amandaseales) August 27, 2017 Trending
Begin by making a list of the types of media representations of whites you can think of in American media. Also, take a look at the media on this website tagged “ whiteness .” Then, consider:
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If looked at myopically, simply in terms of class consciousness and objective class interests, increasing white working class support for this fused neoliberal-carceral turn is often seen as an indicator of “false consciousness.” While it is objectively true that the neoliberal period has been one of economic stagnation for the white working class—and for many white, male workers in particular, a period of significant losses to their economic and socio-psychological position as feudal lords of their households, as women have both proactively and out of economic necessity spent more time laboring for a wage outside of the home  —political allegiance to race has materially insulated the white working class from the full brunt of neoliberal restructuring, which conceptually must include the hyperincarceration of urban, Black working-class populations.  Arguments about false consciousness fall short, not only because they fail to recognize the very real and material (including economic) benefits of supporting white supremacy but also because they assume that material racial benefits are and have historically been economically and politically minor or trivial, a position that is hard to maintain or justify when examining either . history, or the contemporary neoliberal period.