Racism has its double binds and Catch 22s: if you are too unlike us, you are inferior, if you are too like us, you are no longer a “real” Black or Indian or Asian. Racism thus juggles two complementary procedures: the denial of difference and the denial of sameness. While obfuscating differences in historical experience, it denies the sameness of human aspiration. Confronted with demands for the “affirmative” correction of historical injustices, the dominant group becomes the partisan of equality (let everyone be treated just the same), forgetting its own inherited advantages and denying differences in location and experience.
(Uit: Ella Shohat & Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism. Multiculturalism and the Media. London/New York: Routledge, 1994, 24)