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Unity from Below: White Racial Justice Organizing in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter

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...But there are also costs that white people pay for participating in a system of white supremacy.  Some of these are hard to quantify, such as the loss of true friendships across racial lines.  But others can be counted in dollars and cents.  By keeping Black and white apart, the power structure effectively prevents them from coming together to win issues they have in common.  Most Black and white people in Kentucky are working class, and could be uniting for fair wages, a fair tax code, and a healthy environment.  Instead they blame each other, to the satisfaction of the capitalist forces that have a real stake in maintaining white supremacy.