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Tacoma DSA Reading Group: Racecraft
May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Join the Tacoma DSA Reading Group on Monday, May 13th as we discuss this month’s topic, “Racecraft”
In the popular imagination, racism is a response to race, a set of categories created from the perception of difference. But according to sociologist Karen Fields and historian Barbara Fields, this gets the causal relationship backwards. The practice of racism produces the illusion of race in a process they call ‘racecraft’. When people and institutions act on a double standard consistently, something that an aggressor does—racism—gets turned into race, something the target is. The real act of racism is justified by reference to the fictional construct of race.
But what does this mean for socialist organizers? How do we acknowledge and combat the effects of racism without reifying the very fiction that we’re trying to dismantle or falling into crude class-reductionism? In the pieces below, we’ll explore this notion of racecraft further along with the history and utility of concepts like identity politics, intersectionality, and privilege. And we’ll talk about how to build solidarity in the face of white supremacist power structures that work overtime to prevent workers from realizing their shared interest in overcoming oppression.
Please read beforehand and come prepared for a lively discussion with comrades. The meetings are always on the second Monday of the month, so if you can’t make this one, save the date and catch the next one!
How Race is Conjured: An Interview with Karen Fields and Barbara Fields
Beyond the Model Minority Myth by Jennifer Pan
Mistaking Identity Politics: A Conversation with Asad Haider
Safety Pins and Swastikas by Shuja Haider
Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars Of White Supremacy by Andrea Smith