I wanted to embrace these realities, especially after teaching US History at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, in 2007.

On that same trip, I visited South Africa because I was deeply inspired by the struggle against apartheid, quite possibly the greatest social movement since World War II.

I came to appreciate what some others already knew: that there are a shocking number of similarities between South Africa and the United States.

The most obvious parallels are centuries of racist oppression and broad-based movements to overcome it.

Related to that, these two societies were built upon the foundations of industrial capitalism and white supremacy.

Capitalism and racism evolved together to create the modern world. […]

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