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"The Least Racist Person in this Room”: Digital Affect, the U.S. Election, and the Upside Down of Identity Politics
Join us for a presentation and discussion of the U.S. election, the rise of (digital) fascism, and the shifting discourses around racism in the United States. SJE Professor Megan Boler and SJE doctoral candidate Elizabeth Davis will discuss questions of race, affect, and disinformation, specifically the ways in which the right has co-opted the "identity politics" rhetoric and logic originally developed by the left in the context of post-civil rights social movements. What sense can we make of this Upside Down world of identity discourse, in which “white male identity” is seen as suffering harm from the unfair “privileges” of people of color, women, and diversity and inclusion measures? This convoluted context of fascist digital media culture, affective politics, and the reversal of left-wing and liberal idioms of identity contextualizes Donald Trump's bizarre recent claim to be “the least racist person in this room.” While Trump lost the 2020 U.S. election, Trumpism is poised to continue to bear on the future of politics. How do we understand this media and political context, increasing partisan polarization, and the shape of social justice in the wake of Trump?

Megan Boler, Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE
Elizabeth Davis, PhD Candidate, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE

Dec 2, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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