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Insights From the Work of Theodore W. Allen on White Skin Privilege

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Published on Oct 26, 2014

Building from his ground-breaking work on the crucial anti-racist and revolutionary theory and practice of Hubert Harrison and Theodore Allen, Perry examines the particular relevance of these thinker-activists' work for grasping both the power and the limits of 1960s radical practice, with a special emphasis on the lessons to be drawn for those interested in social liberation today.

Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005) was an independent, anti-white supremacist, working class intellectual and activist and one of the twentieth century's most important writers on race and class. He was a former coal miner and local union president who taught Marxist political economics, worked in the post office, and worked at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Allen originated his "white skin privilege" analysis in 1965, authored “Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race,” in 1975, and authored the two-volume “The Invention of the White Race” – Vol. 1: “Racial Oppression and Social Control” and Vol. 2: “The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America” (1994, 1997; Verso Books: New Expanded Edition, 2012).

For information on Theodore W. Allen see http://www.jeffreybperry.net/_center_...

For the development of Allen’s thought see “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy,” by Jeffrey B. Perry at http://clogic.eserver.org/2010/2010.html

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working-class scholar who has been active in the working class movement for over forty years. He is the author of “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918” and edited, introduced, and prepared internal study guides for the new edition of Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race.”

For information on Dr. Perry see http://www.jeffreybperry.net/

To learn more about the Center of Marxist Education, see https://www.facebook.com/CenterForMar...

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