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Race and class are increasingly important in the world today yet few sources focus on the similarities of these issues at a regional or global level Ideologies of race were used to justify colonialism conquest and annihilation of non-European peoples slavery indentured labor fascism and Nazism Yet a common impression among men and women of color is that race and class issues are unique to their own particular community Still it is only through awareness of how these issues affect different communities that a common bond and understanding can be developed across racial ethnic cultural and class barriers Both governments and media present the image of an integrated egalitarian society which in reality contradicts racial discrimination and class oppression that is exercised against various minority groups In each integrated and equal society racial and ethnic discrimination is directly related to economic and class issues Since the period of merchant bankers and the British east India Company modern capitalist forces have penetrated developed and developing societies by division and conquest Capitalist countries and companies pursue profit motives by providing arms money patronage and privilege to leaders of some groups on the one hand while denying the vast majority of their land and resources on the other Each year new reports are published concerning individuals and their levels of income If one was to look at a list of people ranked solely by yearly earnings in the entertainment industry the list would surely be topped with such names as Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson as well as such sports figures as Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan On the other hand if one were to consult Forbes magazines list of the 600 highest compensated CEOs and chairmen one would find very few black Americans represented The Forbes list goes a few steps further and not only supplies information about yearly earnings but goes into detail regarding individuals assets and their command over monetary resources An
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