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Bigotry in the Workplace: Capitalism's Further Support of Racism

Updated on July 11, 2019

Adjusting Racism

One of the most dynamic and yet misunderstood facets of racism is that it's durable and malleable. Almost any socio-economic arrangement can be adjusted to support and enforce it. In today's modern world, capitalism is no different. Racism requires power and capitalism is where racism gets it's power from. However, what's often so misunderstood isn't the dynamism of racism but, instead, the complexity of the power that upholds racism. It can be found in virtually every aspect of life. The power of racism is so versatile and normalized in western culture that often times, it underlies particular social contracts and unspoken agreements that seem otherwise innocuous and practical. The sociologically accepted understanding of workplace conduct is yet another one of these circumstances that happen to reinforce racism under the rubric of capitalism.

Workplace Behavior

A commonly unwritten rule that is collectively understood by the national work force is what topics of discussion are and are not acceptable or appropriate for the work place; chief among them being politics and religion. From the very onset of entering into the job market, we are conditioned to understand and agree that discussing politics and religion is not in our best interest due to how controversial, distracting, and incendiary these topics of conversation tend to be. Under the guise of keeping the workplace amicable and, therefore productive, society tends to agree that discussing politics and religion is inappropriate workplace conversation. However, we need to ask why the workplace is widely considered to be off limits for these discussions considering both how much time we spend in the work place, as well as the political role that the work place plays in our everyday individual and social lives.

People Over Production

Racism is unquestionably a topic of political discourse. At it's most fundememtal level, racism exists on a political spectrum to which both society and individuals take an inherent stance. If we are going to eradicate racism from society, then it needs to be brought out in the open and discussed. Furthermore, it must be done so immediately in every context that it arises. Yet, we are continually conditioned to refrain from discussing politics in the workplace. This is because industrial production cannot proceed while political progress is taking place. And if industrial production is at a standstill, then so are profits. Because capitalism is so embedded into the fabric of our society, the national workforce is conditioned to place the interests of the company ahead of it's own. Therefore, the company's profits take precedence over the eradication of racism in the workplace. If the workers are forced to set aside their differences for the interest of maintaining workplace harmony, it should be understood that the prioritization of this harmony is only paramount because it is conducive to maximizing production which, in turn, maximizes profits for the company. Thus, eliminating racism becomes of less importance than making money for the company and eventually, an entire society is built on a culture of placing profits as a priority above improving the conditions that an entire people are forced to live under.

Taking Control

When we accept the the culture of placing politics and, subsequently racism, behind production through the practice of suppressing our personal stance on the matter, we allow corporate interests to maintain the existence of racism by dictating what we're allowed to prioritize. Despite corporate rhetoric to the contrary, this workplace harmony is not in the interest of the workers, and as such, is not actual harmony. Instead, it is a hostile environment that allows racism to fester under the surface while being constantly irritated by the imposition of capitalist priorities. A firm and resolute collective decision by the workers to stop allowing corporate profiteering from taking precedence over the interest of eliminating bigotry in all forms from the workplace is a crucial and necessary step towards reclaiming the power from which racism is systematically upheld.

© 2019 Caleb Murphey

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    • Caleb Murphey profile imageAUTHOR

      Caleb Murphey 

      20 months ago from MInneapolis

      Thank you

    • Tiffany Dian Payne Bph profile image

      Tiffany Payne 

      20 months ago from Dallas TX

      This is a very good article and it needs to be on multiple hubs.

    • Caleb Murphey profile imageAUTHOR

      Caleb Murphey 

      21 months ago from MInneapolis

      Yeah. That's the selfishness and ignorance that capitalism engenders. People like you can't possibly understand why anyone would stay in a country they hate. But as it happens, I've written an article to answer that as well. You're welcome to read it. Although i doubt you will. Because you've already committed your emotional investment to licking the boots and kissing the ass of the people you're conditioned to. Sounds like fascism to me. Fuckin puppet. Try thinking for yourself. As strenuous as i know that is for you. I don't have to argue with you to validate myself as a writer. Someone is a little megalomaniac, aren't they...? Sellout.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      21 months ago

      Caleb

      Your writing then is worthless if you can't argue the points, and all you do here is dismissed.

      I made some points, but you don't want to tell me why I am uniformed or argue against it.

      You are a fraud. And no one really will comment on this fraud.

      My definitions were fact, not opinion like your article.

      find a country where you like better than this one, and go.

      bye

    • Caleb Murphey profile imageAUTHOR

      Caleb Murphey 

      21 months ago from MInneapolis

      Again, i don't write my articles as the impetus for debate with people who think you can disagree on facts and replace them with uninformed opinion.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      21 months ago

      Caleb

      I disagree.

      Socialism is when the government owns the companies, and the people work for the government.

      The new democrat socialism is when the government over taxes and over regulates the companies and achieves the same benefit as owning the company but not having to manage it.

      Neither view is better than capitalism.

      The elite control in any government socialism, the new socialism and capitalism.

    • Caleb Murphey profile imageAUTHOR

      Caleb Murphey 

      21 months ago from MInneapolis

      Brad,

      There's always that one person who doesn't understand history, racism or economics that feels they're an expert on today's political climate in the West based solely on their emotional attachment to their bigotry and as such, is the first to offer some ignorant commentary such as you did. Socialism does want equality but does not seek it at the expense of individuality. That's capitalism you're thinking of. Because capitalism will always disintegrate into fascism. And fascism requires conformity. And it does so at the expense of both equality and individuality. Nevertheless, since I do not write my articles to be the impetus for debate, I will just go on record to say that you are a bootlicking sell out, fuck capitalism, and all those who support it.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      21 months ago

      Today racism is being weaponized as a political advantage for the left.

      Capitalism is not the problem, it is the arena where humans compete to see who is better. While socialism, and the left want everyone to be the same and treated the same, that totally describe the slave.

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