Martin Luther King's Marxism critique on race

Christopher M. Wright

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Martin Luther King Jnr. stood on the front lines in the fight against racism in the United States. It was his dream that the United States may be emancipated not only from the shackles of slavery and segregation, but the bonds of hatred and prejudice as well. However, in the wake of the Vietnam War, King’s analysis of racism began to parallel Marxist debates on the capitalist production of racial discrimination. In fact, towards the end of his life, King began to believe that his very struggle against racism would not succeed if it did not also seek to struggle against its capitalist roots. This analysis will not seek to position King’s argument within a particular strand of Marxist scholarship, but highlight the way in which King began to utilise and publicise a Marxist approach to his analysis of racism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
JournalMacquarie Matrix: undergraduate research journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Marxism
  • racism
  • exploitation
  • capitalism
  • Martin Luther King

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