Say it Loud: Marxism and the Fight Against Racism by Brian Richardson, Ken Olende, Gary McFarlane, Hassan

By Brian Richardson, Ken Olende, Gary McFarlane, Hassan Mahamdallie, Talat Ahmed, Weyman Bennet, Yuri Prasad, Esme Choonara

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"A must-have booklet for all socialists, anti-racists and anti-fascists"

The present interval has noticeable the increase of Islamophobia, a resurgence of fascism in Europe and relentless makes an attempt to scapegoat immigrants. This ebook seeks to problem the concept racism is inevitable by means of taking a severe examine the origins and historical past of racism in Britain and in another country. It seems to be particularly on the event of the final forty years in Britain, from the struggles of the Seventies in the course of the 1981 riots, Stephen Lawrence and the conflict on terror. Highlighting key examples of black and white team spirit, resistance and fight within the US and Britain, it intervenes in present debates approximately racism and units out the Marxist case for a way most sensible to struggle it. The 8 authors shared Marxist strategy and activist heritage ascertain a tender narrative and a transparent argument for the fight for liberation this present day.

An vitally important contribution to our knowing of racism, and a strong instrument for these attempting to learn the way most sensible to struggle racism and fascism this present day. The authors are all activists within the socialist and anti-racist events within the united kingdom and the essays are transparent and simply readable. The booklet additionally has a few strong and encouraging images of the background of British anti-racists struggles.

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Earlier societies had certainly not considered these to be selε evident truths, and therefore their rulers had felt no need to justify straying from them. But the massively profìtable Adantic slave trade-based on brutally forcing some people into inequality of the most extreme kind-dominated the capitalist’5 income. How could the capitalist resolve this contradiction? In 1911 the black US Marxist Hubert Harrison argued that: tO the credit of our common human nature, it was found neces­ sary tO reconcile the public mind tO the system of slavery.

Lt was suppressed bur only atter fierce fighting. Thc roots of racism 47 Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833- It was no longer as important economically, but there is no reason to believe it would not have dragged on for a great deal longer if it was not for constant rebεllions by the slaves and hostility in Britain. Britain’s rulers certainly didn’t abolish slavery out of sympathy with its vic­ tims. " 1mpove ‘ to work. 1n the Caribbean many made the only choice available to them, working as smallholders or share croppers rather than agreeing to continue labouring on plantations.

The development of racism is intimately entwined with that of capital­ ism. Racism is in the material interest of the people who run our society and to get rid of it we have to challenge that system. What is racism? Sciεntifìcally, race is a meaningless concept. Thankfully, serious attempts to classify people by race stopped being acceptable atter the Nazi horrors of the Second World War. Before then it was common for people to be defìned by racial types and specifìc traits that suppos­ edly went along with their types.

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