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Offending white men: racial vilification, misrecognition, and epistemic injustice


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Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2018 , 'Offending white men: racial vilification, misrecognition, and epistemic injustice' , Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 4 , pp. 1-24 , doi: 10.5206/fpq/2018.4.6234.

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In this article I analyse two complaints of white vilification, which areincreasingly occurring in Australia. I argue that, though the complainants (and whitepeople generally) are not harmed by such racialized speech, the complainants infact harm Australians of colour through these utterances. These complaints canboth cause and constitute at least two forms of epistemic injustice (willfulhermeneutical ignorance and comparative credibility excess). Further, I argue thatthe complaints are grounded in a dual misrecognition: the complainantsmisrecognize themselves in their own privileged racial specificity, and theymisrecognize others in their own marginal racial specificity. Such misrecognitionpreserves the cultural imperialism of Australia’s dominant social imaginary—ameans of oppression that perpetuates epistemic insensitivity. Bringing this dualmisrecognition to light best captures the indignity that is suffered by the victims ofthe aforementioned epistemic injustices. I argue that it is only when we trulyrecognize difference in its own terms, shifting the dominant social imaginary, that“mainstream Australians” can do their part in bringing about a just society.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: hate speech, race, social imaginary, epistemic injustice, recognition
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Philosophy Quarterly
Publisher: Western
ISSN: 2371-2570
DOI / ID Number: 10.5206/fpq/2018.4.6234
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Copyright 2018 The Author. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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