Racial capitalism: a critique
About this session
The theory of “Racial Capitalism”, popularised by Cedric J Robinson’s book “Black Marxism”, poses a challenge to the Marxist conception of the relationship between racism and capitalism. Where Marxists contend that racism was the product of the rise of capitalism, Robinson contends that racism was inherited from Feudal Europe and shaped capitalism along racial lines, undermining the revolutionary potential of the working class and calling into question Marxism as a whole. This session will present a Marxist rebuttal to these arguments.