You are correct that most people suffer under capitalism, including most white people. So perhaps a better question might be, if most white people don’t do well under capitalism, why aren’t more white people critical of capitalism? One reason is that white people have been sold a white supremacist worldview (which we often don’t notice because it just feels normal to us) that makes us tend to align ourselves with other white people—even when those white people are oppressing us—instead of joining the struggle led by non-white people with whom we might be closer to in terms of economic class.

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