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Forum X (Spring 2019)

Racist Logic

Lead essayist Donna Murch writes that, “historically, the division between ‘dope’ and medicine was the race and class of users.” By using the concept of “racial capitalism” to examine the opioid crisis alongside the War on Drugs, Murch brings an otherwise familiar story into new territory. To understand the twisted logic that created the divergent responses to drug use—succor and sympathy for white users, prison and expulsion for people of color—Murch shows how a racialized regime of drug prohibitions led Purdue Pharma to market OxyContin specifically to whites.

 

 

Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen

 

Forum: How Race Made the Opioid Crisis

Opening
Donna Murch

Essays

Peter James Hudson

The expansion of banks such as Citigroup into Cuba, Haiti, and beyond reveal a story of capitalism built on blood, labor, and racial lines.

Jordanna Matlon
A truly radical counterhegemony can only be realized by disassociating both blackness and manhood from capitalist registers of worth. 
Alys Eve Weinbaum

Reproducing Racial Capitalism

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin.

Richard Ford

A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard in a high-profile case about affirmative action. The deeper problem is the presumption that elitism could ever be democratized.

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