Contrary to popular opinion, desire is not neutral. Desire is culturally and historically specific, and because it is directed at racialized bodies (e.g. over-sexualization of “Black” bodies), it becomes racialized. Moreover, the racialization of desire and the social construction of race went hand in hand; racism is, thus, intimately connected to questions of desire. However, ‘white amnesia’, as Barnor Hesse writes in White Governmentality, “represses the historical context of racism because the threat of the ‘racialised other’ absorbs all attention.”

Egbert Alejandro Martina: “Cry Me a River: Tears of Pride Walk” « PLUG

On point piece about Pride Week in The Netherlands and “gay emancipation” movements in the country.

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