Decolonization and Racial Capitalism

Lesson 1

Students will learn about the concept of decolonization and how it relates to racial capitalism. 


There are some videos in the slideshow (slide 2, slide, 3, slide 8, and slide 9)


In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.


Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define or describe decolonization? What does it mean to “decolonize” something?
  2. How has racial capitalism been a part of US history? What examples can you think of?
  3. How are plantations (and prisons) examples of racial capitalism?
  4. If you had to create your own hierarchy for today what would the categories be? Would they also include race? Economic class? Gender? Why/why not?