Race & Class

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Affirmative Distraction: Elimination of Affirmative Action at U-Massachusetts: Against The Current vol. 82
Gaytán, Marie Sarita
Article
1999
The west wind has blown east. The elimination of affirmative action in Texas, California, and Washington's public university systems seemed like a phenomenon isolated to highly competitive west-coast ...
Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why
Gatto, John Taylor
Article
2003
An essay by a retired teacher on the infantilization of children by the public school system. This intellectual history of US public school curiculum reveals that it was conceived as a democratic mea...
American Primitive in Red, Black and White: Race and Class in the U.S.
Goldner, Loren
Article
1989
The centrality of race in the formation of the American working class, its inseparability from the question of class, can be stated very succinctly: in 1848 and 1968, when working-class upsurges explo...
Asian American Activism Stirring: Against The Current vol. 91
Kurashige, Scott
Article
2001
For a brief but wonderful moment in 2000, the Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential campaign drew widespread public attention to its central theme of restoring democracy by challenging corporate powe...
Beyond a Boundary - 50th anniversary
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
This year marks the 50th anniversary of CLR James’ wonderful, groundbreaking work Beyond a Boundary. Beyond a Boundary blends politics and memoir, history and journalism, biography and reportage, in a...
Black Women's Narratives of Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction
Wilson, Carla
Article
2005
Anyone who has ever wondered how black people managed to struggle and survive the hideous tortures meted out during slavery and afterward would gain from reading these books. They offer inspiration to...
Book Review: Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins (2010)
Garvey, John
Article
2010
Anderson’s argument is based on a careful and comprehensive reading of the writings of Marx (and, to the extent necessary, Engels) on: (1) the history, economics and politics of societies and nations ...
Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
De Felitta, Raymond
Film/Video
2012
In 1965, African-American waiter Booker Wright spoke out in a television documentary, outraging many white Southerners and resulting in his murder. Years later, the filmmaker's son returns to examine...
Bridges of Power: Women's Multicultual Alliances
Albrecht, Lisa; Bremer, Rose
Book
1990
Exploring the cultural sources of women's leadership this book views the processes and results that are possible when women come together to overcome not only gender based inequality but oppression ba...
The changing meaning of race
Malik, Kenan
Article
2011
If the proverbial anthropologist from Mars were to land in Britain today, he would probably regard us as schizophrenics when it comes to the question of race. He would find a population within which t...
Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
Simons, H.J.; Simons, R.E.
Book
1969
A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist pri...
Class and Race: Life and Death Situations
Navarro, Vicente
Article
1991
Looking at the impact of race and class as health determinants.
Class and the African-American Leadership Crisis
Miah, Malik
Article
1996
This market economy can't solve the real problems of African Americans. Worse, the scapegoating of society's most vulnerable members (immigrants, people of color, women and gays) is on the rise.
Class Conflict, Slavery and the United States Constitution: Ten essays
Lynd, Staughton
Book
1967
One of the first studies to identify the importance of slavery to the founding of the American Republic.
Clinton Manipulates Language of Intersectionality to Preserve Support from Minority Voters
Chibber, Vivek; Kalek, Rania; Gosztola, Kevin
Article
2016
The presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton has been a master class in how to divorce economic issues from issues of race and gender by pushing the language of "intersectionality," which enables the ...
The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement: For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution!
Cone, Paul
Article
2010
The mass mobilization of black people in the Southern civil rights movement, and the subsequent Northern ghetto rebellions, disrupted and challenged the racist American bourgeois order. It shattered t...
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
David Roediger's Working Toward Whiteness: Against The Current vol. 125
Poitevin, René Francisco
Article
2006
A disturbing aftermath of the pro-immigrant demonstrations recently held in dozens of cities across the United States, besides the obvious anti-immigrant backlash, has been the increase in Black/Brown...
Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
Debs, Eugene
Article
Writings of Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926).
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
Book
1988
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
Dividing the Races to Benefit the Rich: Prison Populism?
Washington, Linn Jr.
Article
2010
Race baiting broadcast agitators like Beck and Rush Limbaugh have their audiences believing the factually flawed foolishness that the reason they are falling behind economically is because the federal...
Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why
Reed, Adolph Jr.
Article
2013
On reflection, it's possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests a...
The Elephant in the Room: Against The Current vol. 136
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
Much of the world is fascinated by the U.S. presidential election. The main reason is that the country may be ready to do something that most developed countries wouldn’t consider: electing a represen...
Female Well-Being: Toward a global theory of social change
Billson, Janet Mancini; Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn (eds.)
Book
2005
From Jenner to Dolezal: One Trans Good, the Other Not So Much
Reed, Adolph Jr.
Article
2015
As is ever clearer and ever more important to note, race politics is not an alternative to class politics; it is a class politics, the politics of the left-wing of neoliberalism. It is the expression ...
Fuck Love
Nair, Yasmin
Article
2012
Gandhi's Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
Erikson, Erik H.
Book
1969
An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
Health Disparities By Race And Class: Why Both Matter: Health Affairs, 24, no. 2 (2005): 343-352
Kawachi, Ichiro; Daniels, Norman; Robinson, Dean E.
Article
2005
This essay examines three competing causal interpretations of racial disparities in health. The first approach views race as a biologically meaningful category and racial disparities in health as refl...
Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical's Story
Buhle, Paul
Book
2006
An account of the life of Antiguan activist Tim Hector.
How Class Kills
Gaffney, A. W.
Article
2015
A recent study showing rising mortality rates among middle-aged whites drives home the lethality of class inequality.
In a Time of Torment
Stone, I.F.
Book
1968
Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
Inclusion or exclusion
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, ar...
Inequalities Are Unhealthy
Navarro, Vicente
Article
2004
The growing inequalities we are witnessing in the world today are having a very negative impact on the health and quality of life of its populations.
Insurrectional Black Power CLR James on Race and Class
Ware, Lawrence; Buhle, Paul
Article
2015
During the exhilarating and dangerous late 1960s and early 1970s, no world historical figure of older generations had a more militant defense of Black Power than CLR James. But it was always a vision ...
The Invention of the White Race: Volume One: Racial Oppression and Social Control
Allen, Theodore W
Book
1994
One of the great contributions of Allen's study is a complete debunking of the myth that race and skin colour are the same thing.
Israel's Struggle Within: Against The Current vol. 113
Finkel, David
Article
2004
ATC interviews Uri Davis.
Jai Bhim Comrade
Patwardhan, Anand
Film/Video
2011
India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, i...
James, C.L.R. - Writings - Index
James, C.L.R.
Article
Writings of C.L.R. James (1901-1989).
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies
Anderson, Kevin B.
Book
2010
Marx’s critique of capital was far broader than is usually supposed. To be sure, he concentrated on the labor-capital relation within Western Europe and North America. But at the same time, he expen...
The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Book
2000
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
Mistaken Identity
Malik, Kenan
Article
2008
Historically, antiracists challenged both the practice of racism and the process of racialisation; that is, both the practice of discriminating against people by virtue of their race and the insistenc...
More Unequal: Aspects of Class in the United States
Yates, Michael (ed.)
Book
2007
Yates looks at class from a global vantage point integrating discussions of race, gender, and class, and the emergence of an international capitalist class.
The Movement Comes to Jena: Against The Current vol. 131
Dubinsky, Joanna
Article
2007
The humid air felt electric as the sun ascended over the hundreds of buses idling a 20-mile stretch of Louisiana Route 49, the gateway to the rural hometown of the Jena 6. It was 6 AM, September 20, 2...
Multiculturalism or World Culture?: On a "Left"-Wing Response to Contemporary Social Breakdown
Goldner, Loren
Article
1991
Post-modernists are profoundly bored by any questions of economics and technology which cannot be connected to cultural differences. The implicit agenda of the multiculturalists is to present the valu...
The New Student Left: An Anthology
Cohen, Mitchell; Hale, Dennis
Book
1966
A collection of essays by active participants in the 1960s student movement on American college campuses.
Organizing to Stop Police Brutality in Riverside, California: Organizing for Accountability: Against The Current vol. 83
Feeley, Dianne; Finkel, David
Article
1999
interview with Chani Beeman. Chani Beeman is co-chair of the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability, whose principles and mission statement can be found at their website (www.ucr. edu/ethnomus/...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2015: Corruption
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Corruption - or at least some types of corruption - are much in the news, with the ongoing scandals in the Canadian Senate and the recent U.S. targeting of the Swiss-based football federation FIFA for...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
A Parable of Women's Liberation: Against The Current vol. 134
Tax, Meredith
Article
2008
Interview with Meredith Tax.
Patrick Buchanan's Ezola Virus: Against The Current vol. 89
Bandhauer, Carina
Article
2000
Amidst all the turmoil of the Reform Party this summer, Pat Buchanan named Ezola Foster as his running mate for his third bid at the presidency. For a man who has openly questioned the holocaust, and ...
People of Color Talk is Cheap
Podur, Justin
Article
2005
A concept like ‘People of Color’, which obscures privilege and hierarchy within the racial system itself, can often make work harder for antiracists.
Political and Economic Determinants of Population Health and Well-Being: Controversies and Developments
Navarro, Vicente; Muntaner, Carles (ed.)
Book
2004
A compilation of recent contributions to the areas of social epidemiology, health disparities, health economics, and health services research. The overarching theme is to describe and explain the ever...
The Politics of South Africa: The Transition to Democracy
Hinshaw, John
Article
1998
OVER THE PAST few years, South Africa has undergone the dramatic political transition from apartheid to non-racial democracy. As one might expect in a country where racial and economic inequality is s...
Race and Class: African Americans in a Sick System: Against The Current vol. 142
Miah, Malik
Article
2009
The critical lack of quality and affordable health care is devastating for African Americans. Twice as likely as whites to go without insurance, African Americans suffer chronic illnesses such as high...
Race and Class: Blacks Still Taking the Hit: Against The Current vol. 144
Miah, Malik
Article
2010
It took ten months before the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) stood up and challenged President Barack Obama. In a surprise move, 10 CBC leaders refused to participate in a key House financial commit...
Race and Class: Busing and Integration, 1975-99: Against The Current vol. 82
Miah, Malik
Article
1999
In the mid-1970s Boston was a major battle ground for equal education in the public schools. Boston's inner-city schools—as in most urban areas—were less-equipped and in worse condition than those in ...
Race and Class: Downturn Undermines Black "Middle Class": Against The Current vol. 139
Miah, Malik
Article
2009
Although the historic election of president Barack Obama has led to big cheers in the Black community and society in general, the reality for the vast majority of African Americans is growing uncertai...
Race and Class: Paris to New Orleans: Against The Current vol. 120
Miah, Malik
Article
2006
It turns out that the city of lights and city of jazz have a lot in common. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and militant explosions in the suburbs of Paris expose the underbelly of racism and class...
Race and Class: The Agenda of Pure Racism: Against The Current vol. 141
Miah, Malik
Article
2009
There is a sinister aspect of the attacks by the far right against President Barack Obama that does not sit well with me, and with a vast majority of African Americans and other ethnic minorities, no ...
Race and Class: The Wealth Gap: Against The Current vol. 88
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
Politicians and government officials point to the historic low unemployment level in the Black community as signs of a strong economy and a future where whites and African Americans will finally have ...
Race and Class: What About the Working Poor?
Miah, Malik
Article
2010
One striking feature of political debate in the country today is that — while every commentator, pundit and political observer talks about and focuses on the concerns of the super-rich and the middle ...
Race and Class: What the Jena 6 Case Shows: Against The Current vol. 131
Miah, Malik
Article
2007
Some 50,000 people converged on the small Louisiana town of Jena on September 20. The protest shook up not only the two-stoplight town but sent a loud siren across the country. The 85% white populatio...
Race and the Communist Manifesto
Kelley, Robin D.G.
Article
1998
We need to pay attention to the Marxist traditions that rose out of anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles of the 20th century.
Race, Class & the Apartheid State
Wolpe, Harold
Book
1990
The rise of mass political opposition has put in question all the major issues of social change-relationship of race and class, challenges to apartheid in the economy and the nature of the state.
Race and Class: Brown v. Board of Education 50 Years Later: Against The Current vol. 111
Miah, Malik
Article
2004
I found the headline of the May 17 Business Week article on the 50th anniversary of the famous Brown v. Board of Education landmark Supreme Court ruling, that "separate but equal" schools were unconst...
Race, class and the election of Trump
Grey, Barry
Article
2016
An analysis on the 2016 US presidential election.
Race, Class, Gender: Bonds and Barriers
Vorst, Jesse et al. (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Takes a historical and theoretical approach to the themes of race, class and gender. Issues touched on include the role of the state in organizing gender and ethnic group formation; racism in the wome...
Race and Class in Civil War Mississippi
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
The poor whites of Mississippi who fought the Confederacy alongside slaves did so because of working class values that they shared with slaves. The fact that poor whites may have believed some racist ...
Race and class in the United States: J. Sakai and the politics of revolution
Greene, Doug
Article
2016
Doug Greene offers a critique of J. Sakai's 1989 work, Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.
Race, class and police murder in America
Article
2016
In the aftermath of the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas on July 7, 2016, the American media and political establishment has sought to portray the police killings of unarmed people an...
Race, Gender, and Class Politics in the US Primaries
Navarro, Vicente
Article
2016
The US has some of the largest feminist organizations in the Western world. I should also add that it has the largest organization for the elderly, the AARP. In spite of this, the US is the country wh...
Race, Gender, and Work
Amott, Terese; Matthaei, Julie
Book
1991
Racial Capitalism and the "Digital Divide": Against The Current vol. 84
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
The dialogue on race and nationality in the United States has always been conducted from the standpoint of the dominant racial group—whites. Not surprisingly, President Clinton's commission on race p...
Racism and Responsibility: Against The Current vol. 133
Fish, George
Article
2008
Malik Miah writes in Against the Current 131, “[Orlando] Patterson, and others in Black academia and middle-class civil rights organizations, are right to point to internal problems within the Black c...
Racism and Structural Solutions: Against The Current vol. 135
McCarthy, Michael A.
Article
2008
When Barack Obama raised the specter of race in a March 18 speech that went far beyond what one would expect from the Democratic Party, some of us on the left were hopeful. Since the 1970s, race-speec...
Racist Outrage at UMass-Amherst: Against The Current vol. 114
Napalitano, Jeffrey; Leiblum, Mishy; Sered, Barak; Luce, Stephanie
Article
2005
Over the past decade, students around the country have fought a conservative backlash on college campuses that has sought to reverse many gains won in the 1970s and 1980s. Along with attacks on labor...
Racist Undercurrents in the "War on Terror": Against The Current vol. 125
Miah, Malik
Article
2006
Although it is rarely mentioned in the so-called war on terrorism, racism is an undercurrent in every action and decision taken by the Bush-Cheney government. It is a dangerous element that has long-...
Religion and the Rise of Labor and Black Detroit: Against The Current vol. 134
Higbee, Mark
Article
2008
Historians and other scholars have given Detroit plentiful attention, including some very important books, yet in this vital new study Angela Dillard manages to approach the Motor City’s past in sever...
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Response to George Fish: Against The Current vol. 133
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
George Fish raises an important point about the “taking personal responsibility” debate taking place within the Black community, especially at the academic and leadership level. But his criticism of m...
Revisiting 'Black Power,' Race and Class
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Article
1967
There is no such suprahistorical abstraction as racism. In each historical period it was something different. It was one thing during slavery, another during Reconstruction, and quite something else t...
The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the USA
James, C.L.R.
Article
1948
The impetus of the Negro movement toward the revolutionary forces, which we have traced in the past, is stronger today than ever before.
Six Questions About Your Class Location that EverydayFeminism.com Isn't Asking You to Think About
D'Arcy, Steve
Article
2015
Solidarity doesn’t exist, like a material object, the way tables and chairs do. Solidarity is the confidence we can sometimes have that others, sharing with us a common enemy and a core of overlapping...
The 60-Year Unemployment Scandal
Kroll, Andy
Article
2011
Since the 1940s, the jobless rate for blacks in America has held remarkably, if grimly, steady at twice the rate for whites.
Social Movements/Social Change: The Politics and Practice of Organizing - Socialist Studies 4
Cunningham, Frank; Findlay, Sue; Kadar, Marlene, et.al.
Book
1988
This collection of essays covers movements related to labour, ecology, childcare, peace, disability, gay rights, and access to abortion.
Socialist Register 2003: Volume 39: Fighting Identities
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
South Africa's Political Change: Against The Current vol. 90
Bond, Patrick
Article
2001
On December 5, slightly less than half of South Africa's registered electorate went to the polls, and Thabo Mbeki's ruling African National Congress (ANC) emerged with just under sixty percent support...
Stanley Crouch, Neocon or Ellisonian?
Robinson, Greg
Article
1997
Crouch clearly feels isolated within progressive circles, but it is the Left that most desperately needs to retain the message about building a cohesive democratic society. With that instinct for impr...
Still Got the News: Against The Current vol. 84
Esch, Betsy
Article
2000
As a student activist at the University of Michigan in the middle and late 1980s, I was part of a coalition of activists who planned and carried out a democratic takeover of our school's newspaper, Th...
The Survival of Education: Against The Current vol. 134
Olson, Peter
Article
2008
I remember reading Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities as a student activist, when becoming a teacher was an abstract and somewhat romanticized idea floating around my head. I was moved by the politi...
'Take me to your leader'
Malik, Kenan
Article
2009
Targeting Iran
Barsamian, David
Book
2007
A critical analysis of the Bush administration's policies towards Iran.
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
Article
2001
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
Triple Jeopardy and the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon
Article
2008
Being bi- and female in the Asian movement also means putting in double, triple, quadruple time. The Third World Women’s Alliance, an offshoot of the Black Women’s Liberation Committee of the Student ...
U.S. Labor's Subterranean Fire: Against The Current vol. 131
Post, Charlie
Article
2007
The broad outlines of the crisis of the U.S. labor movement -— sharply declining union density, concession bargaining, failures to organize the growing non-union manufacturing and service sectors, the...
Vote as the Class You Are, Not the Race You Aren't: Scott, Frank
Article
2010
Many upper middle-professional class members of society who truly wish for a more just nation are either helpless to, totally incapable of, or have little desire to confront real power or create socia...
What is the Left?
Stephens, R.L.
Article
Stephens argues that class struggle is central to overcoming oppression.
What Obama's Victory Means About Race and Class: Against The Current vol. 138
Miah, Malik
Article
2009
There was euphoria in every Black community household November 4. High fives and tears of joy. No one could believe it. It didn’t matter Obama’s politics. A Black man had won! The election of the firs...
What We Mean By Social Determinants of Health: International Journal of Health Services, Volume 39, Number 3, Pages 423-441
Navarro, Vicente
Article
2008
Analyzes the changes in health conditions and quality of life in the populations of developed and developing countries over the past 30 years, resulting from neoliberal policies developed by many gove...
When Human Beings Are Illegal: Against The Current vol. 136
Rachleff, Peter
Article
2008
Once the government assumes the task of separating citizens from "impossible subjects," historian Mae Ngai points out, "the border" is everywhere, not just between countries. Thus, the border has come...
The White Cop and the Black Professor
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
Police are trained to act as authoritarian thugs when they are dealing with people who are not obviously of, or loyal to, the very wealthy elite who rule the nation. The police are trained to enforce ...
World Bank: It's the Pits for the Poor: Against The Current vol. 87
Bond, Patrick
Article
2000
In early May, a National Reparations Conference opened by Njongonkulu Ndungane, the radical Archbishop of Cape Town who succeeded Desmond Tutu, resolved to demand that the World Bank and International...
The Writings of David Roediger
Horowitz, Roger
Article
1997
Roediger criticizes Marxists for too often reducing racial discrimination to conflicts over resources, such as jobs or housing, that are manipulated by a society's upper classes in order to divert att...

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Red Summer of 1919
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Red Summer describes the bloody race riots that occurred in the United States during the summer and early autumn of 1919. In most instances, whites attacked African Americans in more than two dozen Am...

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