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Frequently, within the movement we hear that class is more important than race, and that it is not racist to believe that class is more important than race – just a matter of legitimate political difference. Even though this kind of “political difference” splits along racial lines, it’s nevertheless impossible that prioritization of class is deeply tied to the privileges associated with whiteness – and thus, really a racial difference, and not really political at all. Furthermore, some would argue that because race is a social construction designed to fragment class interests, it is better to ignore race, and as a consequence, tacitly demand that black people and people of color align with whites along class lines – in other words along the lines of white interests. This is a clear assertion of white priority that tends to seem like the “obvious” solution to those proposing ideas like these.

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