Category: class warfare

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“Always, racist tropes about people of color a…

“Always, racist tropes about people of color are ones that are used to
keep the white working class from siding with other people in the
working class and looking more toward ideas that the ruling class has as
being of their own, which explains poor white people siding with Trump.
The racist ideas have a utility. That’s the reason why they exist. They
have a utility under this system, and that utility allows a large group
of working-class folks to feel more allied with rich white people than
poor people of other ethnicities.” – Boots Riley

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You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capita…

You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capitalist Film “Sorry to Bother You” Shows the Way:

As the director and writer Boots Riley explained in a series of recent interviews, he’s not interested
in performative art or performative politics that aren’t rooted in
broader movements. “Progressives and radicals have turned more to
spectacle and gone away from actually organizing at the actual point of
contradiction in capitalism, which is the exploitation of labor, which
is also where the working class has its power,” he recently told Amy Goodman
on Democracy Now!. “We’ve gone in favor of demonstrations that don’t
necessarily have teeth … and I feel like we have to give these
demonstrations more teeth by being able to affect the bottom line.”

The diverse cast challenges the myth that class struggle must come at
the expense of nonwhite interests — an increasingly popular
characterization among liberals who’ve argued against breaking up the banks because it won’t cure racism, who’ve undermined a “new” New Deal on the basis that racial disparities marred the original, or who’ve implied,
even if unwittingly, that the recent teacher strikes in West Virginia,
Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado were somehow at odds with the interests
of people of color. But its equally relevant for working-class white
audiences for whom a genuinely worry-free “white voice” is inaccessible,
too.

Of course, the class struggle is most urgent for those at the bottom
of the economic hierarchy, which, due to a legacy of racism, is
disproportionately nonwhite. As Terry Crews explained when asked why he took the role:

It reminded me of so many people I grew up with in Flint,
Michigan. They’d given up all of their dreams, everything they wanted
in life for the security of the factory, and it turned on them. They
told you you’re gonna have health care for life, you’re gonna have this
for life — everyone was told the same thing: This is for life, y’all.
And it went 15 years. And it was over. And everybody was like, “What do I
do now?”

Earlier in the interview, Crews summed it up precisely: “This is the movie we didn’t know we needed.”

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politicalsci 2018-07-22 21:06:13

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