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Unformatted text preview: nd despite this impossibility, it
continues to make attempts. In a sense, whiteness is the very attempt to form or manufacture a delimited
body of a particular type. Within the social formation of white supremacy, whiteness serves as ‘a means for mastering the
trauma of an experience without categories and without unity, which has no positive content’ (Shaviro, 1990, p.
3). I will refer to this experience as the event of miscegenation — the abject order of excessive and violent incoherence,
traversed by affect and marked by the radical impersonality of desire at work beyond or beneath the
semblance of raed order. We feel its pressure as the outside of raation, so to speak. Put differently, it refers to the fact (traumatic
from the point of view of a raed social formation) that ‘we are all of mixed origin’, that the indifference (which is not simply
sameness) of the human corpus cannot be mastered, that the categories of raation rest only upon
convention. In short, the event of misc...
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