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Pondering how this applies to race. - LDP
"Lacuna is 'an attentional mechanism that creates a defensive gap in awareness.' Sometimes protecting the self from taboo requires literally eliminating it from the line of sight. (Goleman, 107: 1985) A lacuna may be an individual phenomenon, but it is the result of socialization. Familial and social groups as well as society as a whole teach individuals these lacunae by keeping certain things from the public sphere. In order to study silence, this must be counteracted so that social actors can see again the things to which they are responding, rather than seeing only darkness."
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"So I think that Judith Butler at least circa 2004 is making room for race, but she also brings in a layer that I haven’t mentioned before—legibility. You have to be recognized as belonging to a certain group before you are understood fully or as fully human. Like in the movie “Precious” when the main character gets angry at the social worker, asking her “what type of black are you?” because her skin was so light. This concept of legibility presumes a sort of lexicon, a set of signifiers for a given race, sex, or gender. "