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The Activist Roots of Black Feminist Theory

Linda Burnham Organizing Upgrade
What is the wellspring of Black feminist theory? It is important to provide a corrective to the misperception that intersection theory has its genesis in the academy, or, worse still, that it can be attributed to a single discipline...or individual.

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Caste Does Not Explain Race

Charisse Burden-Stelly Boston Review
The recent publication of Isabel Wilkerson’s widely acclaimed Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents returns to caste to explain U.S. racial hierarchy when wealth polarization, racial strife, and white supremacist revanchism are again on the rise.

Why 2020 Was the ‘Precarity Election’

Albena Azmanova and Marshall Auerback Economy For All
workers with dangerous machine gears Neither political party has truly addressed the issue of economic security, which is why the country remains a house divided against itself.

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Walter Mosley’s Incredible Speech - National Book Awards

Walter Mosley Literary Hub
Walter Mosley's incredible speech from last month's National Book Awards, receiving The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters - the first African American man to receive this award.

AP VoteCast: Trump, Biden Coalitions Show Race, Class Divide

Josh Boak, Hannah Fingerhut AP
The divisions reflected a persistent polarization that appeared to be driven in part by voters’ strong feelings about the provocative president. About two-thirds of all voters said their decision was about Trump — either for or against.

Race Is About More Than Discrimination

Bill Fletcher Jr. Monthly Review
Organized labor must adopt a different framework that starts with the difficult discussion about U.S. history . . . to lay the foundation for a different domestic and international strategy for workers’ rights and justice.
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