…o uphold it by patting us on the head and saying to us, “if you work hard, keep your head down, and stay quiet, we will pay some of you just enough so you think you’ve made it. We will let you rise through the ranks just enough so you can have big, fancy titles, but not too b…
This is a feature of Macchiavellianism: conquest oriented behavior. It allows for the oppressor to maintain control by giving the oppressed just enough to lose that they think about losing it, as you describe. Like all Macchiavellian behaviors, it is absent moral consideration. Most white people aren’t thinking about this: their automated responses are absent moral consideration much of the time.
I suggest that POC’s of all kinds assume that the scraps we get from the white collective majority be perceived as exactly that: scraps. Then, when we realize we don’t have all that much to lose — that we’re still subordinated, and that’s the real bottom line — the power of that deceptive Macchiavellianism is neutralized.
I suggest that, if we aren’t truly treated equally, then we don’t accept scraps.
Thanks for this info on Yang. He did a good job of recruiting women when he urged his wife to talk about her experience of sexual harrassment. As a woman of color, I feel like the compliance you describe is appalling. He can’t compensate for this with his wife’s story.
I’m glad I know about his appalling perspective now.