Political Interventions

We must bear in mind that there is not just one racism, but several: there are as many racisms as there are groups that need to justify existing as they do—which is the invariant function of all racisms. It strikes me as very important to bring analysis to bear on those forms of racism that are undoubtedly the most subtle, the most open to misrecognition, and thus the most rarely denounced, perhaps because those who usually denounce racism themselves have some of the properties that incline people towards these forms of racism. I have in mind racism of the intelligence.This racism is specific to a dominant class whose reproduction depends, in part, on the transmission of cultural capital, an inherited capital that has the property of being an embodied capital and thus apparently natural and innate.

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