[Marxism] Bonds, Genes, Racism

Naveen Jaganathan naveenkj3 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 22:30:59 MDT 2007


Danielle: "In my experience, some working class white people have that same
perspective on the police as many people of color do.  At least they
did where I grew up and in my family."

Of course, White working class neighborhoods are also targeted by cops,
that's just the nature of the capitalist system, and they resist too.  But
of course, they also don't experience racism, which intensifies this class
oppression.  In other words, White working-class hatred of Cops is not a
response to racism.  I'm not arguing all white workers are dupes of racism.
There are militant anti-racists of all races.  But note the key word
"militant." White workers need to stand up to the racism experienced by
other sections of the class and fight it without compromise.

"Naveen, no one's denying that
racism remains a factor in American capitalist society, but raising
race above all other considerations leads to gross
oversimplifications of complex issues."

I'm not arguing we consider race above all else.  By, "all else," I assume
you mean class (I'm nervous about assuming things with you, given our
history), and the centrality of class in our analysis.  If you are a Marxist
that believes in the class struggle, then the struggle against racism is
part of that struggle, not separate, below, or above it.  So when they
attack the oppressed sections of the working class they are attacking the
whole class.  But let's not kid ourselves, White workers on the whole in
this country have bought into the logic of the "color blind" racist
society.  I do find this as an advancement from the time of the pre-Civil
Rights Era, and I think it is a significant shift in consciousness among
White workers.  After all it is easier to advance our struggle in a society
that has made overt racism, at least, impolite and immoral.  But there's are
very real racist underpinnings to American society, that are structural (the
whole hegemonic bloc) that continues to shape the consciousness of White
workers.  This militant anti-racists, Marxists, have to smash through.


On 8/11/07, Danielle Ni Dhighe <danielle at irsm.org> wrote:
>
> At 07:57 PM 8/11/2007, Naveen Jaganathan wrote:
> >For White folks a police officer is someone to be respected,
> >to tell your kid to look up to as a role-model, but for
> >people of color the police are to be dreaded, feared,
> >fought against.
>
> In my experience, some working class white people have that same
> perspective on the police as many people of color do.  At least they
> did where I grew up and in my family.  Naveen, no one's denying that
> racism remains a factor in American capitalist society, but raising
> race above all other considerations leads to gross
> oversimplifications of complex issues.
>
> >As a loyal A-rod fan, I say Amen!
>
> I'm from Seattle, so we boo A-rod on general principle.  :p
>
> Danielle Ni Dhighe
> Coordinating Committee Member
> Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
> danielle at irsm.org - http://www.irsm.org/irsm.html
>
>
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