Week 4

racial capitalism

Key Questions

  • What is race? What is racism?

  • What is the relationship between racism and capitalism?

  • What is racial capitalism? Why is it important to think and talk about racial capitalism as opposed to just capitalism?

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore states that “capitalism requires inequality, and racism enshrines it.” Take a moment to write examples of how racism, both historically and currently, functions within capitalism. Can the two be separated? Can there be capitalism without racism?