2008 White Weakness
posted by October 16 at 9:58 AMon
Let’s think about this possibility:
…It is now possible, as opposed to impossible, for Obama to become America’s first black president. We hear that on the news and on the streets. But there is a real (or root) problem with this possibility: Obama is not black. He is mixed—that is the reality. Culturally, however, he is black.
Now what does this mean in cultural (idealogical) terms? Blackness is more powerful than whiteness. Why? Because whiteness can only generate whiteness; or, put another way, only white people can make white people. Black people, on the other hand, have the additional and amazing power of making other races their own race. Blackness can transform something that it is not into something that it is. One drop of black blood is sufficient to make another person black. The blackness of Obama’s father, for example, was completely transmitted; his mother’s whiteness was totally blocked. Her whiteness could not go outward to the new but only around the same old.
In the cultural weakness of whiteness (that it can only reproduce itself by itself and with no other) we might find one important source for the nation’s abnormally massive military budget. The problem of racial fragility is solved by warrior might. A race that does not have a sense of biological limitedness may not turn so quickly to the security of unlimited military power. Badiou calls this situation (the American situation) “the disaster of the unlimited.”