Tweeted this, to remind myself:
I have to write an exploratory about the phrase “systemic racism,” you know, my way, about how using the term works for THEM more than for us. Not sure it’s true, gotta work through it.
OK. I tried, on Twitter yesterday, started with “well, the system isn’t racist, racists infiltrate and corrupt and . . . ” and it didn’t work, because I realized that there is no political party that pledges to destroy the system that people can infiltrate and disrupt, so, I give up, that’s systemic alright. Bothers me, and I guess what bugs me is it’s another one of those two step sorts of bullshit.
In theory, a non-racist faction could take over, the system could spend time without racism, and simply process law (or pick on someone else, for some other prejudice) and so it’s not always a “racist system,” but the problem is it is always an “authoritarian system.” Race being only one vector, only one excuse to persecute, perhaps we cover it all by fighting the systemic authoritarianism. Authority has this awful trait of obliterating the lines between business and personal, between home and work, and the judge who rules the courtroom for legal matters is somehow madly gifted with the power to give false, illicit orders, like silencing a legit defense and allowing a deeply flawed prosecution, clearly going beyond the guidelines of a ‘rational’ legal system.
I mean, when a boss abuses his power to coerce sexual favours, that isn’t necessarily systemic racism, that’s “systemic sexism,” but again, I guess “systemic” means by a person with authority? With, I daresay, more authority than is necessary for their jobs – that, I am feeling right now, is the crux of the matter, that authority in human affairs is an absolute, a binary matter, and it’s “systemic,” because there’s no bloody way out of it.
I mean . . . I mean, we build these things, institutions, businesses and they all have clear, ostensible plans and goals, I find authority to be unnecessary and harmful, mostly because it’s irrelevant, the product is not usually unfocussed submission but some real product or service that can be accomplished without a push. I mean, that’s what your salary is for, to get you to do the job, and it usually works. Again, the way I see everything – for the rational business, authority is an unnecessary evil, rationality would run these businesses and institutions just fine (I mean, ‘rational businesses’ might mean paying living wages and such).
So then the point of the authority is a social, meaning unconscious, goal, the abuse at work isn’t to get the work done, it’s to affect you, for ‘social’ reasons, and that means group conflict reasons. I mean, this is dismally clear, if you see the date, and the racist trials happening in America as I write these complaints.
Does “systemic” simply mean authoritarian?
As always, I’m useless, I have no solutions, for me, every problem is all problems, and you can’t just change one cog in a clock, you have to start all over. Are we planning to petition the authoritarians not to be racist? They are to be above everyone, but “equal” about it?
Useless. I’m sorry.
Nov. 20th., 2021