The racist is a failed man; racism is a failure of man but is also linked in profound and disturbing ways to the very essence of man, which is to say to the fundamental Europeanness of man in the fateful and fatal convergence of what that man would call a thinglike turning in on himself and his forceful and undetached envelopment of the thing-as-Other. This is to say that racism is the necessary failure of European man, an inescapable Levinasian implication that emerges most fully in his work in its tendency to fail, in its own failed tendencies. And it is, finally, necessary to recalibrate this rhetoric and this language.

Fred Moten

Fred Moten, The Universal Machine (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018), p. 17.

Bryce Wilner