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“The man’s features, his hair, his color and his toothpaste, his ‘sub-human’ characteristics so widely invoked, were only the later rationalizations to justify a simple economic fact that the colonies needed labor. and used black labor because it was the cheapest and the best,” Williams wrote. The planter, he continued, “would have gone to the moon, if necessary, Africa was closer than the moon, closer than the more populous countries of India and China, but their turn had to come.

One thing I would like you to consider, and it is something I will come back to in the future, is the extent to which racial distinctions and racial divisions are rooted in class, labor and ownership, even when they come to life and logic of their own. And if that’s true, I’d like you to consider what it means to unravel these divisions and distinctions, and relegate the ideology of “race” to the ash heap of history.


My Tuesday column focused on a so-called “pro-worker” proposal by Senator Marco Rubio that does little more than give employers another way to bust unions.

If an “employee involvement organization” can’t bargain and can’t bargain and can be dissolved at any time by the employer, then what good is it other than to topple union organizers and channel unrest from workers to a front organization for management? The same applies to the non-voting board representative. Without power to act, what does it matter if someone is allowed to watch and listen?

My Friday column was, once again, about how the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to uphold the civil and voting rights of all Americans.

It is Congress, not the Supreme Court, that has, over time, done the most to uphold the civil and voting rights of all Americans. To do the same, the court had to go back on its own work. As Nikolas Bowie, assistant professor of law at Harvard, has written: “In historical practice, the Court has exerted an undemocratic influence on American law, an influence that has undermined federal attempts to eliminate hierarchies of race, wealth and status. .”


Brian Highsmith and Kathleen Thelen on the role of the courts in the American political economy for the Law and Political Economy Project.

Michael Hobbes on “cancel culture” in a video essay for YouTube.

Musab Younis on “whiteness” for The London Review of Books.

Teresa M. Began on equality and egalitarianism for the Boston Review.

Natasha Lennard on liberal immigration policies in BookForum.

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