By Amber McNeil

Understanding Racial Capitalism

Since its inception, capitalism has persisted due to the racial inequality in which it was built. The hierarchies present in feudal societies were reinforced at the onset of capitalism (Robinson, 2000) and further exacerbated by colonialism and the slave trade (Rodney, 2011). Racial capitalism refers to these inherent linkages between race and capitalistic structures (Robinson, 2000). The impacts of racial capitalism are rife throughout the world, not excluding Canada. For instance, Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) is a modern manifestation of racial capitalism and labour hierarchies based on nationality (McCausland, 2020).

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