ontology of class and race?

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Wed Jul 8 20:36:53 PDT 1998

Hi Rakesh,

I liked your reply to Wojtek. Nice to see you back. I also found your differentiation between fetishism of commodities and ideology of race interesting. I'm not sure if ideology of race is as amenable to rational criticism as you assert, in that ideology of race does have real effects (as you also argue) at the level of social practices (jobs, housing, education, public assistance, policing, etc.) which in turn reinforce ideology, and also because anti-racist attempts to universalize New Deal-type reforms have always met tremendous resistance and in many cases were either aborted from the beginning, compromised in the process, or rolled back in the recent decades.


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