Rebels or Racist?

“Libyan Rebels Accused of Targeting Blacks, reads the headline in the March 4 Los Angeles Times. The article reports that, “Many innocent Africans and black Libyans have faced detention, beatings or intimidation while being accused of accepting money to fight for Qaddafi.” They “are actually black Libyans or Africans who have been living in Libya for years….

“Africans recently interviews in Benghazi said they had been threatened, beaten and driven from their homes by gunmen calling them mercenaries.”

“A spokesman for the rebels’ ‘military council’ said about 150 men were being held at several locations in and around Benghazi.”

Another LA Times article (3/24) headlined “Libyan Rebels Appear to Take A Leaf from Qaddafi’s Playbook” reported that, “For a month gangs of…gunmen have roamed the city, rousting Libyan blacks and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa from their homes and holding them for interrogation as ‘suspected’ mercenaries or ‘government spies….’

“The prisoners and detainees were… [imprisoned in] dank cells that stank of urine and rot — the same cells that once housed some of the dissidents now aligned with the rebel movement…”

Not too much “democracy” here.

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2 thoughts on “Rebels or Racist?

  1. Excellent and important right on reporting. Let me add the comment that racism is nothing new for us communists to fight against in critical situations. This Arab revolt is initially in all the cases I have witnessed so far a petty bourgeois revolt. The ruling bourgeois oligarchy having screwed to death (and thus to revolt) their own would-be class-mates. Our task is to organize the proletariat in these countries to take a leading position as soon as possible in the overall struggle to destroy the capitalist order. Think of William Z. Foster and the racism he had to encounter in our country but he did so and successfully by concentrating on educating as much of the proletariat as possible as to the real nature of racism and the real gains to be made in defeating this attempt of the capitalist rulers to divide us and thereby conquer us. He was always successful. For more details read Philip Foner’s relevant volumes in his history of the US Labor Movement. (Chapters 23 through 26 of ABC’s of Communism, Bolshevism 2011 at


  2. Black and Red Student says:

    I’d known that the Libyan revolt, while supported by its working class, would take the inevitable turn to bourgeoisie autocracy, but it’s disappointing to have to see it come in force through racism. This and other actions within the revolt are quickly revealing its anti-working class aims and are setting the stage for the continued exploitation of its workers and the superexploitation of black Libyans, most likely under the banner of bourgeoisie democracy following the armed intervention of the European and US imperialists.

    I was caught up in the excitement of living in a time of rebellion and had high hopes for the initial revolts, but after some self-criticism I can see that capitalism has its claws all over this, too. Even so, I hope that the North African and Middle Eastern revolts have given the working class there and worldwide a small taste of the power it wields, even if it was directed towards misguided ends. We communists should take the lessons learned from this time and apply them towards working class solidarity and, eventually, world revolution.

    –an anarcho-communist student.


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