White Theology pp 217-248 | Cite as

Anti-Supremacist Solidarity and Post-White Practice

Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


While it constitutes an overwhelmingly complex discursive event, the 1992 LA uprising could be construed as, in part, the eruption of a kind of urban commentary on official “white” speech and authorized consensus represented by Simi Valley. It was a moment of shock for the nation, when racialized reasonableness and racist lawfulness showed their illogic and the communities that have most painfully suffered that illogic in history ritually exhibited its contradictions. It begs to be read under the rubric not only of a momentary “black”-led attempt at “urban exorcism” (violent repudiation directed against some of the sites of economic exploitation and symbols of political constraint in the inner city), but also of continuing white disingenuousness. The aftermath reveals how a pervasive power formation reconstituted its hegemony after a moment of compromising self-revelation and refused a possibility of education. What could have served to challenge white self-certainty in the end only further conflated normative whiteness with business-as-usual.


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