Independent Radical Publishing
Tue, 14 Jun 2022, 18:30 (BST)
bookhaus, Bristol (ENG), bookhaus, 4 Rope Walk, Bristol, BS1 6ZJ
Launch event hosted by bookhaus
Join us for the launch of Race to the Bottom: Reclaiming Antiracism! Authors Azfar Shafi and Ilyas Nagdee will be in conversation with Nayya, our bookseller. Race to the Bottom asks us to interrogate what has happened to the antiracist struggles of the past and present + gives us the impetus to build a socialist antiracist movement that can resist the vampiric clutch of capitalism.
Antiracist movements are more mainstream than ever before. Liberal democracies boast of their policies designed to stamp out racism in all walks of life. Why then is racism still ever-present in our society?
This is not an accident, but by design. Capitalism is structured by racism and has relentlessly attacked powerful movements. Race to the Bottom traces our current crisis back decades, to the fragmentation of Britain’s Black Power movements and their absorption into NGOs and the Labour Party.
The authors call for recovering radical histories of antiracist struggle, championing modern activism and infusing them with the urgency of our times: replacing anxieties over ‘unconscious bias’ and rival claims for ‘representation’ with the struggle for a new, socialist, multi-racial organising from below.
Race to the Bottom is newest title in the Pluto Press Outspoken series – which is home to brilliant young thinkers as Lola Olufemi, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Amelia Horgan & many more.
The ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and £2 off the book.
Race may be 'on the agenda' – but we need to build our own powerful and political organisations