Say it Loud: Marxism and the Fight Against Racism
Brian Richardson, Ken Olende, Gary McFarlane, Hassan Mahamdallie, Talat Ahmed, Weyman Bennet, Yuri Prasad, Esme Choonara
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"A must-have book for all socialists, anti-racists and anti-fascists"
The current period has seen the rise of Islamophobia, a resurgence of fascism in Europe and constant attempts to scapegoat immigrants. This book seeks to challenge the idea that racism is inevitable by taking a critical look at the origins and history of racism in Britain and abroad. It looks in particular at the experience of the last 40 years in Britain, from the struggles of the 1970s through the 1981 riots, Stephen Lawrence and the war on terror. Highlighting key examples of black and white unity, resistance and struggle in the US and Britain, it intervenes in current debates about racism and sets out the Marxist case for how best to fight it. The eight authors shared Marxist approach and activist history ensure a smooth narrative and a clear argument for the struggle for liberation today.
An extremely important contribution to our understanding of racism, and a powerful tool for those trying to learn how best to fight racism and fascism today. The authors are all activists in the socialist and anti-racist movements in the UK and the essays are clear and easily readable. The book also has some powerful and inspiring photos of the history of British anti-racists struggles.
people and most recendy with Muslims in Britain. But centrally， racial 'd iscrimina tion emerged alongside the Atlantic slave trade， which accompanied the rise of Britain as a capitalist state and a world power. As it has developed it has become a powerful way to divide people who might threaten capitalist ruk. 까le development of racism as it exists today can be roughly divided into three phases. First there was the horror of the Atlantic slave trade. Second was the period when the globalising
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