A Few Quick Thoughts on “Accidentally Racist”
In a white supremacist society or regime of power, whiteness is inherently racist. In such a context, you can’t celebrate white identity or white culture without being racist.
Just think about the uncomplicated we-are-the-world feel-good vibe or affect of this song, and contrast it to the uncomfortable, contorted affect of something like James Chance’s songs about whiteness and race relations. I’ve written about that here and here. So the song’s affective dimension is one strong indication that this piece isn’t really complicating whiteness and white supremacy so much as reaffirming and re-centering it.