Gender first, then race – social class is modelled on the other two

‘To say that the struggle of workers in a factory is “more real” than the struggle of black people against institutionalized exploitation, or than queer struggle against heteronormativity, is not just unjust, it is inaccurate. In truth, if we were forced to articulate a chronology for the naturalization of socially antagonistic identity assignments, we would have to say that gender appears first, and then race, and that class, in the historical sense, happens last, and is modeled on the other two.’

– Adam Pendleton (2017), Afterward to Black Dada