oa African Review - Race and class in southern Africa

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0002-0117



Much of what has been written about the white supremacist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia! has discussed race as an independent variable, largely ignoring the economic base of racism. The liberal argument holds that apartheid itself is the source of the 'problem' and that the free market mechanism of capitalism will eventually solve it. I would like to argue from the contrasting viewpoint of Oliver C. Cox that racial attitudes develop secondarily out of situations of economic class exploitation for which racist ideologies provide a rationalization.

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