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Tag: Racial Capitalism

Contrary to those who cast Marxism as a Eurocentric “white ideology,” the Guyanese revolutionary saw it as an essential component of struggles against colonialism.

Noaman G. Ali, Shozab Raza

The late South African intellectual and activist—imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela—fought for a world without race and class.

Salim Vally, Enver Motala

Robin D. G. Kelley published his pathbreaking history of the Black radical imagination in 2002. Where are we two decades later?

Robin D. G. Kelley

A recording and transcript of our event on inequities in medicine and child welfare.

Michelle Morse, Bram Wispelwey, Dorothy Roberts, Ruha Benjamin

Even as they carve out space for Black scholarship, established universities remain deeply complicit in racial capitalism. We must think beyond them.

Jared Loggins, Andrew J. Douglas

There is a cost to replacing race with caste our analysis of oppression: we erase anti-Blackness.

Panashe Chigumadzi

As more of Robinson’s books come back into print, reading them with Black Marxism can enrich our understanding of racial capitalism.

Minkah Makalani

Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism helps us fight fascism with greater clarity and with ever more questions.

Robin D. G. Kelley

The celebration of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste reflects the continued priority of elite preferences over the needs and struggles of ordinary people.

Charisse Burden-Stelly

A debate is roiling about the aptness of comparing Trump to European fascists. But radical Black thinkers have long argued that racial slavery created its own unique form of American fascism.

Alberto Toscano

Antiracist nonfiction sidelines more powerful critiques from the Black radical tradition.

Melissa Phruksachart

A transcript of our panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Cornel West, Brandon M. Terry, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Robin D. G. Kelley, Elizabeth Hinton

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

Jordanna Matlon

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

Peter James Hudson


The success of OxyContin hinged on racially bifurcated understandings of addiction. The fundamental division between “dope” and medicine, after all, has always been the race and class of users.

Donna Murch

Boots Riley’s film, Sorry to Bother You, roasts racial capitalism and issues an unapologetic call for revolution.

Robin D. G. Kelley

A basic income that supplemented existing welfare structures could make everyone safer while ending the most pernicious forms of policing.

The Undercommons


How the history of slavery prompts us to rethink our notion of justice.

Walter Johnson

A critique that anticipated the political currents of contemporary America.

Robin D. G. Kelley

Recent histories of slavery and capitalism ignore radical black scholarship.

Peter James Hudson

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