23 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2010

Date Written: Fall 2005


Symposium: Going Back to Class? The Reemergence of Class in Critical Race Theory. Editor's Description: Anthony Farley brings a focus on class back to Critical Race Theory by exploring the intersection of race and class as a singular concept that finds its creation in the marking of difference through the primal scene of accumulation. By choosing to pray for legal relief rather than dismantling the system, the slave chooses enslavement over freedom. Professor Farley discusses the concept of ownership as violence and explains that property rights are the means of protecting the master class until everything and everyone comes to be owned. The commodification of race and its twin concept of class through the market based system show how the rule of law is only the disguise for the rule of one group over another, white-over-black.

Keywords: Critical Race Theory, Jurisprudence, Karl Marx, Rights, Patricia Williams

Suggested Citation

Farley, Anthony Paul, Accumulation (Fall 2005). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2005, Available at SSRN:

Anthony Paul Farley (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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