Renewed uprising against the death-making apparatus of police and prison demands that we attend to the relationship between property and personhood, specifically to how the theft of land is facilitated by the theft of life. This essay focuses on the propertization of the gendered subject in the making of whiteness and reminds us that abolition requires the undoing of such gender-property logics.
It’s time for Asian Americans to divest from their long-time identification, proximity and investment in their white-adjacent racial-class status and just as vociferously renounce our desire for protected inclusion in the multicultural empire. Rather than clamoring to be treated and recognized as white-adjacent – which reinforces white supremacy and antiblackness – more than ever this crisis is an invitation for Asian Americans and other POC to go all in to act in solidarity to dismantle all the national-imperial systems that divide people of color and perpetuate global harm.
Thinking relationally means not creating an uncritical parallelism between Asian Americans and Black communities and instead recognizing the ways the groups are racialized differently. This requires acknowledging the model minority images and logics used to locate Asian Americans within an economically stratified society. The model minority image erases recognition of anti-Asian racism and its illogic dismisses the necessity of dissent, while particularly denigrating Black struggle.
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