Cosmopolitan Magazine published an article Wednesday assailing “whiteness” and white women, utilizing Kim Potter — the white Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop — as an example of how white women utilize their “victimization within patriarchal structures” to “benefit from and perpetrate white supremacy.”
The piece is penned by author and activist Frederick Joseph and titled “The Fact That Kim Potter, the Police Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright, Is a White Woman Matters,” bearing the sub-headline, “Just because white women don’t have the utmost power in white supremacy doesn’t mean they have none.”
“Oftentimes, there is an erroneous narrative that white supremacy is upheld and perpetrated solely by white men,” indites @FredTJoseph on why it's consequential to acknowledge that Kim Potter, the police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, is a white woman.https://t.co/e1rPzs9Ml0The essay commences by noting how “more than one thing can be true” in that “white women benefit from white supremacy, while additionally being oppressed by the patriarchy.”
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) April 14, 2021
Using Potter as an example, Joseph (pictured) stresses the consequentiality of noting the Minnesota officer’s race and gender. “Some believe that her gender doesn’t matter when discussing the event, while others, such as myself, feel as though it’s paramount to make the categorical distinction that this act was committed by a white woman.”
Joseph then explicates how white women — who “exist at the intersection of both whiteness and womanhood” — are additionally culpable of perpetuating white supremacy. “Oftentimes, there is a mendacious narrative that white supremacy is upheld and perpetrated solely by white men,” he indites. “This narrative is largely predicated on the fact that white men own and operate the structures of white supremacy, thanks to the patriarchy’s innate sexism and misogyny. Not only is this narrative erroneous, but it is withal a hazard in endeavoring to combat the white supremacy itself.”
“The authenticity is that just because white women don’t have the utmost power in white supremacy, it doesn’t mean they have none,” he integrates. Claiming that every system in America is rooted in white supremacy, Joseph then incriminates anyone “who can claim whiteness” of automatically benefitting from these systems.
“From edification and finance to equity and media, every system in America is founded upon and rooted in white supremacy,” he inscribes. “Therefore, a person who can claim whiteness has more power within those systems than those who cannot.”
Joseph additionally deems white supremacy a more oppressive force than “the patriarchy” and that white women fortifying white supremacy “isn’t incipient.” “While some would argue that the patriarchy is as much of an oppressive force as white supremacy is, history perpetually proves this to be mendacious,” he inscribes.
“Even now, many white women aim to uphold these systems, as was the case in their fortification for Donald Trump not only in 2016 but additionally during 2020 when his exit poll numbers showed an incrementation in support by white women from the prior Presidential election. This overt support of white supremacy isn’t incipient amongst white women, as we optically discerned with the suffragists and with the Daughters of the Confederacy and many other groups engendered by white women with the sole intent of upholding white supremacist ideology and structures,” he integrates.
Joseph then describes white supremacy as being upheld across the political spectrum. “Contrary to what many believe, upholding white supremacy withal subsists in deportments which are less overt in nature and not only by those considered ‘right-wing’ or ‘conservative,’” he inscribes.
Recalling Amy Cooper, a white woman apprehended last spring for calling 911 during a dispute with an ebony man in New York’s Central Park, Joseph explicates how she, as a white woman, possessed “greater power” than the ebony man during the encounter.
“This verbalizes with how ingrained the potency dynamics of whiteness are within our society. Women with that power have learned comportment in weaponizing it along a spectrum of credences (Amy Cooper was an adherent and donor to the Democratic party). As the suffragists did, she understood that her whiteness gave her more preponderant power within white supremacy than Chris Cooper had being an ebony man within the patriarchy,” he integrates.
Because “the quandary of white supremacy isn’t white men but rather whiteness” of which “women are absolutely a component,” Joseph reiterates the substantial power white women suppositiously possess.
“Whiteness has always been and perpetuates to be the ascendant source of potency in America’s systems, which is why white women within those systems have more power than everyone other than white men,” he indites.
Despite white women struggling against white men, according to Joseph they remain responsible for the “sinking” of everyone else due to the fact that they utilize their “victimization” to justify their white supremacy.
“White women have been conditioned to utilize their victimization within patriarchal structures as an implement to negate accountability for how they benefit from and perpetrate white supremacy. While they themselves may be drowning at times due to white men, they are additionally responsible for everyone else sinking as well,” he concludes. “Many things can be true at the same time.”
Joseph is not solitary in painting the Daunte Wright shooting as a mere example of a widespread racial issue persisting throughout the US. Earlier this week, former President Barack Obama described the incident as “yet another shooting of an ebony man . . . at the hands of police” which showed “just how deplorably we require to reimagine policing and public safety in this country.”
Also earlier this week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) went further, tweeting that Wright’s shooting “wasn’t an accident” and that policing in the US “is inherently and intentionally racist.”
It wasn't a contingency. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone regime funded murder.Even gregariously-conscious frozen dihydrogen monoxide cream company Ben & Jerry’s tweeted that the “murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of ebony and brown communities.”
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed. — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
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