I thought I needed this–it is a more concise version of something from the other manuscript–but I cut it.
Maybe I can use it, or use it to shorten the other manuscript.
The ten chapters of Toward a Global Idea of Race are framed by three shorter pieces that throw into relief the racial dimension of historical time. In the preface, “Before the Event,” a young Black man tells his police executioner, “I was dead before my father was born” (xii). The introduction, “A Death Foretold,” refers to the postmodern critique of the subject, which according to Ferreira da Silva has not “died” and is inextricably tied to race. The Other of that subject cannot institute her own subjecthood because transcendental poesis requires her to remain exterior and bars her from self-determination. This racial longue durée, as Winant puts it (20-21), is what Ferreira da Silva proposes to remedy, as the title of her conclusion, “Future Anterior,” suggests. What will have happened is already happening. To create a world in which children are not dead before their fathers are born, we must halt the processes still using the transparency thesis to write racialized subjects into subaltern spaces.
That racialization does not only use a logic of exclusion, but one of obliteration is one of the book’s central insights. The way these logics alternate and intertwine in the transparency thesis is an important strand in the book and helps to explain the fluctuating meaning of race as well as its resilience. . . .