Race & Working Class Struggles


  • Understand the role that race plays in defining how workers and working class people live their lives
  • Introduce Marx concept of alienation to think about why white vs. POC workers have different perceived interests
  • Understand how white supremacy operates to divide and conquer workers

Key Concepts: Alienation, White as a racial category. Assumes some knowledge of white supremacy

*This is an excerpt from the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit. The toolkit represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power and their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation.  By highlighting the role of people’s resistance both past and present, the toolkit seeks to build hope and a commitment to political struggle.

To find the full toolkit, visit asianamtoolkit.org. Or access other workshops from this toolkit on Build the Wheel.