chapter  4
Looking alike
Or the ethics of Suture
Pages 29

Is there an ethics that is specific to the subject of race? With this question, I do not mean to open the topic of racism or of what may constitute anti-racist practice. If racism is construed as immoral, then any action that aims to correct or eliminate that immorality can be considered ethical. But this is not a problematic that can address the question of ethics as it pertains to the desire of the subject who is constituted as a subject in relation to the law of racial difference. In the following, I take up the issue of ethics as that which is “articulated from the point of view of the location of man in relation to the real” (VII: 11) in order to explore its relation to the concept of race. Specifically, I turn to the 1993 film by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, Suture, as a particularly brilliant exemplum of the ethical project in relation to race. This film, which has been overlooked by most film critics and scholars, offers an attempt to think race in ways that aim at a fundamental transformation of our ways of seeing. What we mean by ethics, and an ethics in relation to the desire of the subject of race, should emerge in the course of our discussion.