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Unformatted text preview: the imperatives of capitalist accumulation and the
existence of class divisions within racialized subordinate populations. The folly of this position is critiqued by
Ellen Meiksins Wood11 in her article entitled “Identity Crisis,” where she exposes the limitations of a politics of
identity which fails to contend with the fact that capitalism is the most totalizing system of social relations the
world has ever known. Yet, in much of the work on African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian
populations, an analysis of class and a critique of capitalism is conspicuously absent. And even when it is
mentioned, the emphasis is primarily on an undifferentiated plurality of identity politics or an “intersection of
oppressions,” which, unfortunately, ignores the overwhelming tendency of capitalism to homogenize rather than to
diversify human experience. Moreover, this practice is particularly disturbing since no matter where one travels
around the world, there is no question that racis...
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