Melamed the social aspects of human life for certain

Melamed starts off her article
with laying down three conditions that are current issues in the field of
ethnic studies. The first issue, called “primitive accumulation” is essentially
how money is collected through seizing land, war, etc. These means of
collecting capital has only benefitted the top 10% of the population in the
U.S. and has compromised the social aspects of human life for certain
races/groups of people. The second condition covers the fact that even though
the U.S. is built and known for ideologies such as individualism and democracy,
they are overshadowed, influenced, and molded into a new definition by capitalism.
Lastly, the third condition is that there have been new forms of activism which
have challenged some concepts of ethnic studies. Melamed uses the term racial
capitalism to show that a capitalist society is one that cannot exist unless it
is racist. By capitalizing on money, there are other aspects of life that have
been capitalized as well.  Melamed believes
that all capitalism is racial capitalism because in order to have a lot of
capital, it must constantly be “accumulating” and as a result, this causes lots
of inequality for different groups of people. Majority of the racial groups in
the U.S. are struggling with racial inequality because of the distribution of
money. She talks about how she will be using the term “racial capitalism” in
regards to the way Cedric Robinson (founder of the term) uses it. Also, she is
against the argument that Marx makes. Melamed mentions how we as a society
usually associate capitalism with white supremacy, slavery, etc. She mentions
the concept of “racial cruelty”.  Although
the state claims to be the protector of freedom, there is a lot of racial
violence that is practiced in fields such as military, security, and legal. To
support her argument, she brings up examples such as police killing immigrants/African
American youth, the racially poor dying, etc. She states that racial capitalism”
separate forms of humanity so that they may be connected in terms that feed
capital”. According to Melamed, capital is a dividing factor of groups of
people economically, politically, geographically, and socially. If capital is
present, social well-being cannot be.

 

 In the “Ta-Nehisi Coates is the neoliberal
face of the black freedom struggle” article, the author argues how Ta-Nehisi
Coates, a representative of the neoliberal wing, is able to talk about the
white supremacy, but doesn’t seem to sympathize with the black struggle for
freedom even though he himself is black. The author blames Coates for being “narrow-minded”,
“misleading”, and “not well informed”. Because Coates has been accepted by
whites, he is glorified and instead of fighting for the black struggle, he
seems to have a very slim view of the world. The author claims to stand with
the radical wing of the black freedom struggle and does not want to give up on
proving that white supremacy is still an issue today. In the “Why the Sanders
Revolution Won’t Work” article, the main issue being discussed is class versus
race. Bernie Sander supporters argue that politics about class outweigh the
importance of politics about racism. Hilary Clinton supporters on the other hand,
have an opposing view. Sanders argues that income inequality is a real issue
and a direct effect of this is extreme poverty for all races. After one of the
studies that was conducted, it was shown that states that had larger black populations
actually had the most restrictions when it came to voting and having
established social programs. In an interview, Sanders was asked about African Americans
who were Democrat supporters, and his response was that “People should not be
basing politics on their color, but rather on how their family is doing”. The
article argues that it doesn’t matter how well off a black family is compared
to a white family. At the end of the day, Blacks are being discriminated due to
the color of their skin. The article additionally argues that in order to have
a “class-based revolution, a race-based revolution must be implemented first.
Lastly, the author offers a pathway to helping to resolve the issue of racial
discrimination through anti-discrimination educational courses. These articles
see the relationship between class and race similarly in the sense that both
authors argue that race, white supremacy, and discrimination are still key
issues. The articles differ in the sense that while one article is condemning a
politically involved black figure for not standing up for his own people’s
struggle to freedom, the other article is condemning a politically involved
white figure for not acknowledging that race is still a relevant issue. If I
had to pick an author to sympathize with, it would be for the article: “Ta-Nehisi
Coates is the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle” article. I sympathize
with the author of this article because I believe it is unfair to forget about
how your race/people have been treated in the past just because you have received
good treatment. The good treatment of one doesn’t outweigh the ugly treatment
of millions across the past centuries. It is one thing to not like someone or
not agree with something, however, if you are uninformed or don’t have your
history/facts correct when making an argument, the argument automatically
becomes invalid.

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I believe that racism both does relate
to the current economic system, but it is all relative to how you view the
issue. In the argument that racism does relate to the current economic system, there
is a direct correlation to the high unemployment rates of blacks and other
minorities in comparison to whites. Additionally, due to many stereotypes instigated
by the majority groups, I do believe that blacks in some instances are turned
away by the color of their skin which is unfair. If someone has completed a
degree and wants to be hired, they should. Their hiring should not be
determined solely on physical characteristics. For the blacks and minorities who
are not as fortunate and well off, they are constantly cheated by the system
because of their initial state of being poor. But in many cases, many are poor
because they are black. While some may even have jobs, they are often
underpaid, fired, or treated differently. I believe that in our country of “democracy”
and “freedom”, there is a lot of work to be done. Unfortunately, the world does
revolve around money and therefore I agree with Melamed’s argument that capitalism
is racial capitalism. Whether it takes more courses to be introduced in
schools, colleges, or work orientations, lots of action and initiative needs to
be taken to resolve this ongoing issue of race and economics.