1. Racial Capitalism and Colonialism

Key Takeaways

Upon completion of this module, the intention is that you have achieved the learning objectives below. Practice discussing these topics with your friends and/or community. Try to explain to a friend what capitalism, racism and colonialism are and how they intersect and are dependent upon one another.

  • Describe the intersections between capitalism, racism and colonialism
  • Critically assess how the fabricated notions of racial superiority and racial hierarchy sustain those positioned at the top
  • Identify how slavery and indentureship create the conditions for wealth and accumulation-based society
  • Analyze how global systems today depend on the perpetuation of these conditions through institutional structures and ideas of white supremacy and entitlement



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Reflection 11

Open your reflection journal and reflect on what you have learned throughout this module:

  • What stood out to you the most?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • What did you find the most difficult?
  • How do you feel? Check in with your body. Why do you think you feel this way? What parts of this module made you feel differently?

Note: to access your reflection journal please review the Introduction section of the Racial Capitalism and Colonialism module.


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