BIPOC? ¡Basta! | The Nation

It’s everywhere! “BIPOC.” You can’t seem to get away from it. We both remember when the preferred reference for those receiving racist and national oppression was “people of color”. Then, suddenly, we became BIPOC – a change advocated by many as a specific form of enlightenment.

BIPOC, of ​​course, means “Blacks, Indigenous and People of Color”. The rise of the term in favor can be attributed to several factors. One is the demographic transformation of the country after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which gave preference to relatives of US citizens and people with specific abilities. As a result, more migrants from the Global South have come to our shores and, in many ways, have transformed discussions of race and color. Second, the decline—until recently—of the Black Freedom Movement, beginning in the 1970s, has led many leftists and progressives to downplay the ongoing significance of anti-Black racism, the oppression of African Americans, and the importance of the Black Freedom Movement. in shaping American policy. The third is the political resurgence of the neo-fascist and racist social movement unleashed in full fury by Donald Trump. One of the main goals of this movement is the full institutionalization of white minority government – ​​an American apartheid state – motivated by a deeply rooted fear of the “Great Replacement”, that a “majority-minority” country will dismantle the systemic white privilege that permeates every political, economic, and social institution in the United States. The campaigns of this right-wing movement against immigrants, Muslims, Black Lives Matter, critical racial theory, etc. — from Donald Trump’s rhetorical attacks to the murders in El Paso and Buffalo — have understandably motivated oppressed communities of color to consider how to designate communion in their collective struggle for freedom.

However, there is an additional factor – one that many people want to deny or downplay. And it’s an extremely sensitive issue. Under the rubric of diversity, after the Immigration Act of 1965, immigrants of color (and their descendants) began to be moved – by whites – into leadership positions in various nonprofits, unions, and other progressive organizations, replacing non-immigrants of color. These promotions were identified as representing “diversity”, although those chosen had a very different – ​​indeed qualitatively different – ​​experience with the national oppression of white supremacy. Over time, this process resulted in a slow but steady rise in resentment among nonimmigrants of color.

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