SOAS Marxists: The origins of black oppression



Join the SOAS Marxist Society as we discuss the Origins of Black Oppression.

There was and is nothing natural or innate about the enslavement of African people, and the anti-black ideas which were created to defend these practices. Black oppression and the onset of white supremacy was a creation of the ruling class. It proved to be one of the most effective tools of class collaboration invented by the ruling class. There was a concerted effort amongst the ruling class which developed, entrenched and stamped these anti-black ideas and sentiments upon society.

Capitalism was born dripping in the blood of untold horror. As Karl Marx stated:
“The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for commercial hunting of black-skins, signalised the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production."

Marxists are optimists however, and we seek to understand the origins to know that they can be overcome and thrown into the dustbin of history.