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  1. Against School
    How public education cripples our kids, and why

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2003
    An essay by a retired teacher on the infantilization of children by the public school system. This intellectual history of US public school curiculum reveals that it was conceived as a democratic means to a reflexively obedient work force.
  2. Beyond a Boundary - 50th anniversary
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of CLR James’ wonderful, groundbreaking work Beyond a Boundary. Beyond a Boundary blends politics and memoir, history and journalism, biography and reportage, in a manner that transcends literary, sporting and political boundaries.
  3. Booker's Place
    A Mississippi Story

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2012
    In 1965, African-American waiter Booker Wright spoke out in a television documentary, outraging many white Southerners and resulting in his murder. Years later, the filmmaker's son returns to examine the repercussions of the interview on Wright's family and the community as a whole.
  4. The changing meaning of race
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    If the proverbial anthropologist from Mars were to land in Britain today, he would probably regard us as schizophrenics when it comes to the question of race. He would find a population within which there is a general consensus that racism is morally abhorrent and yet is keen to define itself in terms of its ethnic or racial background.
  5. Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
    A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist principles for a share of white power. Also examines the interactions between the two wings of the resistance against white domination.
  6. The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement
    For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution!

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The mass mobilization of black people in the Southern civil rights movement, and the subsequent Northern ghetto rebellions, disrupted and challenged the racist American bourgeois order. It shattered the anti-Communist consensus and it paved the road for the mass protest movements that followed—against the U.S. dirty war in Vietnam, for the rights of women, gays, students and others.
  7. Democracy for the Few
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1995
    How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and why? Who pays and in what ways. These are the central questions investigated in this book.
  8. Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    On reflection, it's possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests and interpersonal transactions and thus effectively sanitize, respectively, slavery and Jim Crow by dehistoricizing them. The problem is not so much that each film invents cartoonish fictions; it's that the point of the cartoons is to take the place of the actual relations of exploitation that anchored the regime it depicts.
  9. Female Well-Being
    Toward a global theory of social change

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2005
  10. From Jenner to Dolezal: One Trans Good, the Other Not So Much
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    As is ever clearer and ever more important to note, race politics is not an alternative to class politics; it is a class politics, the politics of the left-wing of neoliberalism. It is the expression and active agency of a political order and moral economy in which capitalist market forces are treated as unassailable nature. An integral element of that moral economy is displacement of the critique of the invidious outcomes produced by capitalist class power onto equally naturalized categories of ascriptive identity that sort us into groups supposedly defined by what we essentially are rather than what we do.
  11. Fuck Love
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
  12. Gandhi's Truth
    On the origins of militant nonviolence

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1969
    An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
  13. Tim Hector
    A Caribbean Radical's Story

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2006
    An account of the life of Antiguan activist Tim Hector.
  14. How Class Kills
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A recent study showing rising mortality rates among middle-aged whites drives home the lethality of class inequality.
  15. In a Time of Torment
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1968
    Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
  16. Inclusion or exclusion
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, are doing more harm than good. What they are advocating is not diversity but entrenched division.
  17. Insurrectional Black Power CLR James on Race and Class
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    During the exhilarating and dangerous late 1960s and early 1970s, no world historical figure of older generations had a more militant defense of Black Power than CLR James. But it was always a vision within a context, and after all these years have passed (along with James himself who died in 1989), the context remains crucial.
  18. The Invention of the White Race
    Volume One: Racial Oppression and Social Control

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1994
    One of the great contributions of Allen's study is a complete debunking of the myth that race and skin colour are the same thing.
  19. Jai Bhim Comrade
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2011
    India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.
  20. The Making of Jericho Road
    Against The Current vol. 132

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
  21. Malik, Kenan
    Resource Type: Website
    Website and blog of Kenan Malik, featuring articles on race, identity, multiculturalism, diversity, and censorship.
  22. The Missing News
    Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2000
    Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news is printed or aired, which letters will be published, or who will be accorded credibility?
  23. Mistaken Identity
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    Historically, antiracists challenged both the practice of racism and the process of racialisation; that is, both the practice of discriminating against people by virtue of their race and the insistence that an individual can be defined by the group to which he or she belongs. Today's multiculturalists argue that to fight racism one must celebrate group identity. The consequence has been the resurrection of racial ideas and the imprisonment of people within their cultural identities. Racial theorists and multiculturalists, the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut observes, have 'conflicting credos but the same vision of the world'. Both fetishise difference. Both seek to 'confine individuals to their group of origin'. Both undermine 'any possibility of natural or cultural community among peoples'. Challenging such a politics of difference has become as important today as challenging racism.
  24. More Unequal
    Aspects of Class in the United States

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2007
    Looks at class from a global vantage point integrating discussions of race, gender, and class, and the emergence of an international capitalist class.
  25. Multiculturalism or World Culture?
    On a "Left"-Wing Response to Contemporary Social Breakdown

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2000
    Post-modernists are profoundly bored by any questions of economics and technology which cannot be connected to cultural differences. The implicit agenda of the multiculturalists is to present the values associated with intensive capitalist accumulation as "white male", so "non-white" peoples such as Japanese or Koreans who currently embody those values with a greater fervour than most "whites" are ignored.
  26. The New Student Left
    An Anthology

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1967
    A collection of essays by active participants in the 1960s student movement on American college campuses.
  27. The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1997
  28. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2015
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    Corruption - or at least some types of corruption - are much in the news, with the ongoing scandals in the Canadian Senate and the recent U.S. targeting of the Swiss-based football federation FIFA for alleged bribery. In this issue, we look at these and other forms of corruption. Diana Johnstone writes about the double standards displayed by U.S. institutions, which happily target enemies and rivals, while ignoring the much greater corruption that underlies the power structures in Washington. We feature an article detailing how much money U.S. Senators received from corporations prior to their vote on the TPP negotiations, as well as materials on criminal conduct by some of the world's biggest banks, and an article on the work of investigative journalists in exposing corruption.
  29. People of Color Talk is Cheap
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2005
    A concept like ‘People of Color’, which obscures privilege and hierarchy within the racial system itself, can often make work harder for antiracists.
  30. Politics of Communication
    A Study in the Political Sociology of Language, Socialization, and Legitimation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
  31. Race and IQ
    Expanded Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    This editions contains 5 new essays that address the claims made in The Bell Curve and the social agenda these claims are used to promote.
  32. Race, Class, Gender
    Bonds and Barriers

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1989
    Takes a historical and theoretical approach to the themes of race, class and gender. Issues touched on include the role of the state in organizing gender and ethnic group formation; racism in the women's movement; patriarchy; colonial domination of Indian women; racism and sexism in trade unions.
  33. Race, Gender, and Work
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
  34. Renewing Socialism
    Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2008
  35. The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the USA
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1948
    The impetus of the Negro movement toward the revolutionary forces, which we have traced in the past, is stronger today than ever before.
  36. Six Questions About Your Class Location that EverydayFeminism.com Isn't Asking You to Think About
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Solidarity doesn’t exist, like a material object, the way tables and chairs do. Solidarity is the confidence we can sometimes have that others, sharing with us a common enemy and a core of overlapping aspirations, will have our back when we find ourselves under attack, or when we need their support to win a crucial struggle. We don't stumble upon solidarity when poring over statistics; we won't find it by comparing our pay stubs with that of the worker down the street. We forge it in common struggle
  37. Some thoughts on Whiteness and the 99%
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
  38. Targeting Iran
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2007
    A critical analysis of the Bush administration's policies towards Iran.
  39. Working Toward Whiteness
    How America's Immigrants Became White

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2005

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