Racism is more than individual prejudice. It’s about power, capitalism and class struggle


Ferguson spontaneous civil protest in Times Square – Mecca of Capitalism, November 26, 2014.

Racism is about more than individual prejudice. It relies on the interests of those who hold the real power in society and the economy, and use every possible means to hold onto it. It’s about capitalism and class struggle.
This is the main argument presented in The Political Economy of Racisman intense and enlightening book by Melvin M. Leiman (Binghamton University) about the roots of racial discrimination and its persistence in the United Sates.
The Political Economy of Racism Leiman thoroughly examines the complex and changing relationship between race and class in the American capitalist structure, stressing that:
“Racial conflict overlays the antagonism between classes (though class antagonism may seem abstract, while racial conflict is visible). The capitalist mode of production is rooted in and legitimates a hierarchical socioeconomic structure. Racism, an extreme form of hierarchy, is woven into the fabric of the structure. Bourgeois ideology now openly acknowledges racism – it is too obvious to ignore – while concealing the class nature of exploitation.” (Leiman 2010: 3)

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