To Students, and Others, Who’ve Been Told That They Should Focus on “Unpacking Their Privilege”...

March 2, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


While you’re “unpacking your privilege,” the economic and political system we live under—capitalism-imperialism—is grinding billions of people a day to dust, transforming flesh and blood into commodities and profit, or casting people off altogether. Structures of domination enforce that. The patterns of our personal relations, behavior, and—yes—feelings, grow out of the roots of the underlying dynamics of that system. Without mainly fighting and working to radically overturn the system which generates those patterns, such “unpacking” amounts to an empty exercise, or worse.

So yeah, change yourself and the way you relate to people. But do it with your face to the world, do it as part of and while you are standing up on the real, fighting the power, and transforming the people (including yourself), for revolution. As part of emancipating all humanity.

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