American identitarians (i.e., those who abide by identity politics, the reactionary nature of which I regularly document) have once again demonstrated how similar they are to their neo-fascist identitarian counterparts in Europe.
In “5 Places Black People Can Move to When They’ve Had Enough of America,” The Root, instead of advocating building radical social movements that struggle against structural racism, suggests five countries presumably wealthy (most working-class black Americans cannot just move wherever they want and find a new job) black Americans can immigrate to that are less racist.
What countries does it recommend?
- Thailand, which has been under the control of a quasi-fascist military dictator for the past year;
- Hong Kong, a neoliberal haven for global plutocrats; and
- the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federation of theocratic absolute monarchies.
An ex-pat in Dubai remarked that it is nice to live somewhere “that is not ruled by white men.”
It doubtless is. White supremacy is oppressive and dehumanizing.
But it’s also easy to say that when you are a rich ex-pat who voluntarily migrated to an oppressive country that respects your rights only because you are a monied Westerner.
The United Arab Emirates exploits literal slave labor. This is not hidden knowledge—not by any means. Even white hipster-run VICE made an entire documentary on “Slaves of Dubai.”
Human Rights Watch warns that, in the UAE, there is “repression on all fronts”—including “crackdown on dissidents” and a “blind eye to abuse of migrant workers.”
As bell hooks points out, white supremacist patriarchy is part of a larger system of imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy. You can’t just run away from white supremacy and embrace the others.
This is identity politics at its finest. Quasi-fascist military dictatorships, neoliberal havens for global plutocrats, and theocratic absolute monarchies that exploit 21st-century slave labor are apparently suddenly great when they are run by people of color!