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The Immutable Evidence that Capitalism Is Racist and Misogynist

Friday 17 July 2020, by siawi3

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Colonialism, Migration, Pandemic
The Immutable Evidence that Capitalism Is Racist and Misogynist

by Lilia D. Monzó

Jul 01, 2020

Topics: Capitalism , Imperialism , Inequality , Political Economy , Race , Sex

Places: Americas , Global , United States
A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday. Source: Ai Heping, “Confederate statues torn down by protesters in U.S.,” China Daily, June 13, 2020.
Lilia D. Monzó is an associate professor of education in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. She is the author of A Revolutionary Subject: Pedagogy of Women of Color and Indigeneity (Peter Lang, 2019).

Capitalism is a force of destruction. Even those who stick staunchly by the myths equating capitalism with democracy and who proclaim it is the “best system in the world” recognize the necessity to tame its ravenous thirst for accumulation that has left the vast majority of the world scrambling to survive. The radical left recognizes, following Karl Marx, that capitalism cannot be reformed and must thereby be struck down to create an alternative that allows all people to thrive and live with dignity. Yet the radical left is divided on numerous fronts, including on questions of how class and race are related. Understanding the centrality of race is of critical importance, as it affects all anticapitalist work. Racism effectively divides the working class and thereby minimizes our potential to develop a multiracial mass movement against capital.

When we examine the history of capitalist development, we see over and over that the non-Western world and its peoples have been displaced to make way for the interests of the white man. Although the concept of race as a defining characteristic of peoples was constructed to justify U.S. slavery, there can be no question that the genocidal wars waged by white colonizers and settlers were tied to conceptions of the Indigenous “Other” as alien, subhuman, and exploitable capital. It was the pillaging of foreign lands for resources, the enslavement of the non-Western world, and the rape of its women that allowed for the development of mass production, industrialization, and the global capitalist economy.1

There is no doubt that colonialism and U.S. slavery were economic systems, but they were also brutal attacks on non-Western peoples who were considered “barbaric animals.”