Racism and Marxism : Wednesday Oct.12th @ 1pm

Sick and tired of the Tea Party and their racist antics?  Ashamed that our government spends more money on prison than for college? Disgusted that more than 60% of those in prison are people of color? Want to end racism in this country?

Please join the Hunter International Socialist Organization
for the first segment in our
Marxism and Oppression Study Series

Wednesday Oct. 12th @ 1pm
Thomas Hunter room 305b

As Marxist we believe that the first step in any struggle for emancipation is challenging and dismantling oppression in all its many forms. Central to this struggle is having confidence and a deep understanding of a political perspective that can both explain oppression as well as provide a means towards its eradication.  We believe that Marxism provides this political perspective and would like to invite you to join us in enhancing our own understanding through readings and discussions on various topics.

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We are beginning our series with The Roots of Racism. Racism has played a very particular and central role in sustaining and upholding US capitalism from its very inception. For this reason the fight against racism must be front and center in every struggle we are engaged in. To better understand these dynamics and history we are reading and discussing the following articles:

Readings: Lance Selfa, “The Roots of Racism

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Race, Class, and Marxism

The articles have also been posted in the blog posts below.

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Future study series:

Theories of Women’s Oppression

Readings:
Sharon Smith “The Origin of Women’s Oppression,” Chapter 1 in Women and Socialism (Haymarket books); Chapter 5, “Women and Socialism”;

Additional readings:

Lindsey German, “Theories of Patriarchy,”
Alexandra Kollontai, “The Social Basis of the Woman Question,”

Can the Working Class liberate the oppressed?

Readings:
Paul D’Amato, “Where Oppression Comes From,”
Jen Roesch, “Can the Working Class Unite?

Additional readings:
Sharon Smith, “Marxism and Identity Politics,”
Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism,Chapter 7, “Socialists, Communists, and Trotskyists”; Conclusion, “Black Liberation and Socialism

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