Monday, April 12, 2010

Class struggle and the invention of race

LENIN'S TOMB: Class struggle and the invention of race: "...until the 1660s, Africans arriving in the US were not hereditary bondsmen but were indentured labourers much as their European counterparts were. Thus, no pre-existing racial prejudice could account for the differences in treatment that later emerged. Racism was an after-the-fact ruling class strategy to justify segregating and enslaving African American labourers."