Following is an excerpt from something Profacero posted on her blog, which she found originally at Y. Carrington’s blog as a comment by a man, Julian, who is gay and Jewish. The entire thing is well worth reading.
Man/Woman, White/Black, Heteropatriarchal/Queer, are not “categories” exactly, nor are they identities, primarily. They are the embodied manifestations of systems of real power exercised against real human beings. Those systems of power, not the individual self, creates what appears to be “personal identities”. Those systems of power also manufacture depression, self-hatred, bigotry, and maintain the institutions which bolster and uphold the “proper” white patriarchal flow of power and privileges.Whiteness, manhood, heterosexuality in men, and queerness as it currently expresses itself (in my city) are all forms of white male supremacist power, organized socially and culturally to oppress, invisibilize, and destroy women of Color especially, also men of Color and white women. It’s time to call out “Queer Politics” as both male supremacist and white supremacist, also deeply classist. It’s time to call out “The U.S. Left” (such as it is) as profoundly white male supremacist, and also heteropatriarchal, as well as steeped too deeply in the arrogance of the Euro-Anglo-White Male Academy.