The Economic Foundation of Racism

In Beatrice Okyere-Manu, Stephen Nkansah Morgan & Ovett Nwosimiri (eds.), Contemporary Development Ethics from an African Perspective: Selected Readings. Springer Verlag. pp. 165-179 (2023)
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Abstract

This research exposes the connection between economic inequality and racism. The central argument is that racism is predicated on the economic superiority of the racist. The corollary argument is that conceptions of skin colour are consequences rather than causes of racism: racism does not arise because of skin colour, but because different skin colours have become associated with certain economic conditions for a very long period of time in history. The argument is in fact extended to posit that the topography of the racist relationship would be reversed if the economic tables were also reversed. The conclusion is that the relationship between racism and economic inequality is, therefore, more significant than the relationship between racism and skin colour. This conclusion has consequences regarding how races at the receiving end of racism should respond to racism.

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