"The concept associated with Black Marxism that I find most productive and most potentially transformative is the concept of racial capitalism.... Global capitalism cannot be adequately comprehended if the racial dimension of capitalism is ignored."
During Black History Month we share a letter written by James Baldwin, one of the foremost novelists and public intellectuals of the 20th century. In 1970 Baldwin wrote an open letter to the then imprisoned Communist Party activist Angela Davis expressing his solidarity, and reflecting on racism and Black radicalism in America. This letter, reproduced below, also features in If They Come in the Morning…, a collection of classic writings on race edited by Angela Davis.
An inquiry into Du Bois' articulation with Liberia, colonialism and its concomitant formations of Black middle classes, the history of the "Americo-Liberian" elite, and the advent of the United States as a colonial power.