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Unformatted text preview: placably dualistic, could be far more liberating on the left than it has thus far been. For neoliberals, it could permit and indeed justify an acceptance of raceconsciousness and even nationalism among racially-defined minorities as a necessary but partial response to disenfranchisement, disempowerment, and
superexploitation. There is no inherent reason why such a political position could not coexist with a strategic awareness of the need for strong, class-conscious,
transracial coalitions. We have seen many such examples in the past: in the anti-slavery movement, the communist movement of the 1930s (Kelley 1994), and in the
1988 presidential bid of Jesse Jackson, to name but a few. This is not to say that all would be peace and harmony if such alliances could come more permanently into
being. But there is no excuse for not attempting to find the pragmatic "common ground" necessary to create them. Abolitionists could also benefit from a recognition that on a pragmatic basis, whites can ally with racially-defined minorities without renouncing their
whiteness. If they truly agree that race is a socially constructed concept, as they claim, abolitionists should also be
able to recognize that racial identities are not either-or matters, not closed concepts that must be upheld i...
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