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Link: “At the brink of a new world system: imperialism, race and caste”

Original post found at: https://mronline.org/2021/08/15/at-the-brink-of-a-new-world-system-imperialism-race-and-caste/

I don’t agree with 100% of this (particularly not the holding up of Stalinist states as models of democracy 🤔) but the most important point I do. The “liberal” part of the ruling class is using modern, “woke” ideas to divide the working class – blaming the white working class for racism instead of themselves and their own damn institutions that keep systematic racism going. This promotes sectarianism among ordinary people that keeps us weak and divided, less able to unite together in our common cause to truly democratise our societies and improve our social structures, our living conditions, our lives. There’s also a part comparing the caste system in India to ancient European slave-owning societies like Greece or Rome.

Link: “Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture?”

Original post found at: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/07/who-actually-gets-to-create-black-pop-culture

Ignoring class divisions in Black America over the last 40 years has allowed the benefits of racial progress to be concentrated upon the Black middle- and upper- classes while the Black poor have largely been excluded. Popular culture embodies the problem in the same way higher education does, which is a problem because inequity is always a problem. However, the centrality of popular culture to America’s understanding of Black people, and the fact that popular culture contains within itself all the best platforms for sharing stories about ourselves, imbues the situation with a particularly bleak and sinister air.

This(external link) is an important article for Australians who are outraged by US police murders of Black Americans, but are either unaware or indifferent to police murders of Black people at home. Since 1991, when the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody made its final report, more than 400 Indigenous people have died in custody and no one has ever been convicted. Many of the royal commission’s recommendations were either never implemented or the implementations are routinely ignored by police, with no consequences for them even when the outcomes are fatal. We should be just as angry about this, and call for change just as adamantly here, as we want to see in the US.

Link: “Australian politics should be as diverse as its people”

Original post found at: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/australian-politics-should-be-diverse-its-people

This line stood out to me: The image that Australia wants to project – of being the most successful multicultural country in the world – is shattered by a simple look at Australia’s parliament. It’s not like Canada is a paradise completely lacking in racism either, but the very idea (that our politicians cling to) that Australia is “the most successful” in a world where Canada exists is uh… implausible.

Anyway, obviously racism would not be magically fixed just by having a more representative parliament. That requires a much larger, wide-ranging struggle. But it is emblematic of the racist nature of Australia and should be called out and challenged alongside perhaps more pressing issues (racist policing, wage gaps, land rights…). So to that extent this is a good article, even though it’s a bit too concerned about Australia’s reputation and not like… racist oppression. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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