I am a racist.

The inspiration for this work comes from an article by Sara Ahmed, The Non-performativity of Anti-Racism (2006). Ahmed argues that the speech act of saying “we are anti-racists” does not function in the way one would expect. If people racially coded as white admit to being bad, then they show they are good. The confirmation, “I am a racist,” is followed by the statement, “I am ashamed of my racism.” These both work with the same logic of recognizing one’s status as white; if I admit I am a racist and I also feel guilty about it (a “good” thing) then I am no longer a racist since racists are ignorant of their racism.

I am a racist. Human hair, paper, 24 x 24 cm, 2013