White and black workers

Workers on Arrival. Black Labor in the Making of America
THE WORKING CLASS: Hegemonic Trump analysis makes it appear as if the working class of the United States is white.

There are three experiences that have been crucial to my understanding of the US political economy in recent times: Ta-Nehisi Coate's analysis of Trump as the "first white president of the United States" in Atlantic magazine one year after the election; Troublemakers School in Chicago a few months before the election; and most recently Joe William Trotter Jr.'s new book Workers on Arrival. Black Labor in the Making of America.

Alliances and fractures

The book through shows Trotter that the black working class has never been passive to the exploitation of their labor: black warehouse worker Brandin McDonald of Warehouse Workers for Justice, for example, was more concerned with fighting locally for the right to organize – and for organizing across racialization – in the warehouses that service giant companies such as Walmart, among others: "They try to divide us into Latinos, whites and African Americans to prevent us from talking about our terms," ​​he said. McDonald's other major concern was that in his local area schools were closed and prisons opened.

Based on his own everyday life, the warehouse worker thus pointed to the legacy of several hundred years of history. A story of how American capitalism is screwed together. That Brandin McDonald was even present at a trade union conference with white workers would have been unthinkable just. . .



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