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constructions of “race” are objectified and mediated as truth to ignite political support, divorced from the realities
of class struggle. By so doing, they have unwittingly perpetuated the vacuous and dangerous notionthat the
political and economic are separate spheres of society which can function independently- a view that firmly
anchors and sustains prevailing class relations of power in society. Capitalism K Root Cause
Capitalism is the primary condition of possibility of anti-Blackness – produced Black
social death qua slavery
Selfa 2 (Lance, “Slavery and the Origins of Racism, International Sot Reviw, Issue 26,
IT IS commonly assumed that racism is as old as human society itself . As long as human beings have been around, the argument goes, they have
always hated or feared people of a different nation or skin color. In other words, racism is just part of human nature. Representative John L. Dawson, a member of Congress
after the Civil War, insisted that racial prejudice was “implanted by Providence for wise purposes.” Senator James Doolittle of Wisconsin, a contemporary of Dawson’s, claimed that an
“instinct of our nature” impelled us to sort people into racial categories and to recognize the natural supremacy of whites when compared to people with darker skins.1 More than a century Today’s
racists might don the mantel of science to justify their pre...
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