BK on Identity

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Fri Mar 2 13:52:06 PST 2001

>>> dhenwood at panix.com 03/02/01 04:13PM >>>
Dennis Breslin wrote:

> > white workers of the USA, wise up!
>Would that they could...and why won't they easily?

It may be that in the very long run it would be in white workers' (narrowly defined material) interest to become antiracists, but that in the short to medium term they gain (in narrowly defined material terms), with the additional psychological bonus of membership in an alleged master race. Ditto men vs. women. The long term would require great risks associated with radical agitation and social transformation, but the short- to medium-term gain of racism can be had without really shaking things up.

Why, for example, do New York City construction and printing unions conspire to keep their ranks closed to all but white men?


CB: Aside from not being anti-racist or male supremecist, why aren't workers anti-capitalist ? Is capitalism in their interests, long or short term ? Why did workers go to face danger and die in Viet Nam for capitalism ? Was the war in their interests ?

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