Who feels secure? Racial capitalism and global security

17 November 2021
Multi-media

Who gets to feel secure? In this thought-provoking new video, Arun Kundnani interviews Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò about the destructive intersection of racial capitalism and global security.


In today’s world, security is overwhelmingly understood in the narrow terms of policing. But what if instead of handing guns to people to aim at each other, we were to give them access to food, healthcare, housing, and other basic goods that constitute material security and benefit everyone?

In this thought-provoking video, Arun Kundnani interviews Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò about the destructive intersection of racial capitalism and global security, which constitute each other. They discuss how racial hierarchy is fundamentally a hierarchy in security, who benefits from keeping this hierarchy untouched, and how the concept of collaborative security can help us overcome this hierarchy.

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and a frequent writer on issues of climate justice, racism, and colonialism. Arun Kundnani is a TNI associate and author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror.