Stoler examined the structures of dominance that makes it hard to see structural violence and disengage from it on historical, political, social, intimate, and bodily levels. Building on the notion of ‘racecraft’ by Karen and Barbara Fields, she explained how the slow, invisible violence of racism continues despite its instability. How is it that we know about racism and yet it still goes on? What are the conditions of possibility that facilitate racism to persist? For Stoler, it is not about ‘not knowing’, or ignorance but about rather actively ignoring this enduring presence. How do we look away?
Gario shared a poignant story about encountering ‘banal’ racist representations in Curaçao, a country in name only within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There he found a stereotypically localised version of a typical Delft Blue pottery Dutch tourist souvenir: a male farmer and a woman kissing. But on Curaçao, the couple was Black, wore folkloric Curaçao attire and in contrast to the Dutch versions, that were also on sale in the store on Curaçao, they had no individualised facial traits. In a remarkable twist, the figurines were on sale because the line had been discontinued due to a lack of interest from buyers. He used these figurines to vividly demonstrate how racialised nation-state representations and racial capitalism reproduce themselves even in these tiny little trinkets.