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Unformatted text preview: ture of power and privilege.’ In this regard, ‘race’ is all too often a ‘barrier to understanding the
central role of class in shaping personal and collective outcomes within a capitalist society’ (Marable, 1995, pp. 8,
226). In many ways, the use of ‘race’ has become an analytical trap precisely when it has been employed in
antiseptic isolation from the messy terrain of historical and material relations . This, of course, does not imply that
we ignore racism and racial oppression; rather, an analytical shift from ‘race’ to a plural conceptualization of
‘racisms’ and their historical articulations is necessary (cf. McLaren & Torres, 1999). However, it is important
to note that ‘race’ doesn’t explain racism and forms of racial oppression . Those relations are best understood
within the context of class rule, as Bannerji, Kovel, Marable and Meyerson imply—but that compels us to forge a
conceptual shift in theorizing, which entails (among other things) moving beyond the ideology of ‘difference’
and ‘race’ as the dominant prisms for understanding exploitation and oppression. We are aware of some potential
implications for white Marxist criticalists to unwittingly support racist practices in their criticisms of ‘race-ﬁrst’
positions articulated in the social sciences. In...
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