A Marxist-Humanist approach to anti-racism

Chris Gilligan


This paper argues that the work of Raya Dunayevskaya, the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the USA, on racism and anti-racism is an underdeveloped source for contemporary anti-racists. Her arguments - developed in: 'Nationalism, Communism, Marxist Humanism and the Afro-Asian Revolution' (1961); 'American Civilization on Trial' (1963) and 'The Free Speech Movement and the Negro Revolution' (1965) - highlight the role of Black resistance as a beacon for wider working-class struggles against capitalism as a social system. The paper attempts to update the argument through applying it to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement in the USA and to the 'migration crisis' in Europe.

racism - human emancipation