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NBK Night School: Race & Class

  • Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Though capitalism is built on the exploitation of the working class, it does not affect everyone equally. In particular, people of color disproportionately endure a range of injustices, including poverty, mass incarceration, housing segregation, and police violence.

From WEB Du Bois and A. Philip Randolph to Cesar Chavez and Angela Davis, people of color have also led the charge against capitalism’s ill-effects, developing theoretical writings, political programs, and social movements designed to challenge class-based oppression.

Readings

Audrey Smedley and Brian Smedley, “The arrival of Africans and the Decent into Slavery”, Race in North America,: The Origin and Evolution of a World-View, (Boulder: Westview, 2012), Chapter 5, pp. 93-120.
Reed, Unraveling the Relation of Race and Class in American Politics
Coates vs Johnson on reparations
Movement for Black Lives Platform 

Recommended

Reed, T. Between Obama and Coates
Fields, Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America
Birch and Heideman, The Trouble with Anti-anti-racism
Breunig, The Puzzle of Reparations in an Extremely Unequal Society

Earlier Event: November 13
Transformative Justice Reading Group
Later Event: November 20
Transformative Justice Reading Group