Question concerning race and class

Nurev at Nurev at
Wed Jul 1 03:52:20 PDT 1998

Wojtek Sokolowski wrote:
> I've been watching the debate about racism/nationalism silently, mainly
> because I have little to add to what Max Sawicky and Jim heartfield have
> already said on the subject. I have, however, one question.
> The proposition "End capitalist oppression!" entails a set of programs
> that, if implemented, are likely to achieve an empirically observable set
> of objectives stipulated by that proposition. Those programs may or may
> not get support of various interests groups, and thus may or may not be
> attainable under particular political-historical circumstances. But there
> is little doubt that the implementation of a program that, say, curtails
> private property rights will reduce the capacity of the "haves" to
> economically exploit the "have-nots," and will produce a more equitable
> distribution of economic resources.
> When it comes to the proposition "End racism," however, I am at utter loss.
> What the f**k are we supposed to do (individually or collectively) to
> achieve that end?
> I hope nobody on this list seriously believes that schmoozing, throwing
> epithets at real or perceived enemies, "town meetings," street rallies or
> supporting a political campaign will have any measurable effect on "race
> relations" other than propelling a few entrepreneuring individulas to
> leadership positions.
> So what a person like myself (an Eastern European immigrant of leftist
> persuasion) is supposed to do to 'end racism?' And while we are at that,
> can anyone describe to me how exactly the 'end of racism' looks like, so I
> can tell (instead of being told!) whether we have one or not?
> Best regards,
> Wojtek Sokolowski

It looks like angels dancing on the hrad of a pin.


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