Four Shootings have happened in the recent past that have had seismic effects on the working class. Though many other of our working class brothers and sisters have been shot due to rotten capitalist ideology or the kkkops’ bullets, these five bring out the contradictions of contemporary capitalism in relief. The first two are young Black males, one in Florida and one in the Bronx. They were the victims. One was shot by a group of kkkops in his home, the other was shot by a fellow member of the working class who was the leader of a fascist organization. The other three did the shooting. One was a White Christian White Supremacist trying to spark a race war by killing Socialists. One was a US Marine slaughtering women and children in Afghanistan echoing Mai Lai. The other is a young Muslim shooting Jewish students.
All of these shootings show how Capitalist ideology and state violence brutalize the working class. The young man who was saturated with Al Qaeda’s rotten ideology is the perfect bogeyman for the French ruling class to wield against the French Working class as it revives the specter of terrorist bombings that marked the uprisings in Algeria. Even though their intelligence agencies are coming under fire for not being effective enough, this criticism will be the backbone of further attacks on Middle Eastern and North African workers in France. Sarkozy is wasting no time in making this a part of his platform and is whipping up a frenzy of racism within the working class.
Parallel this to the young shooter who killed or wounded over 90 young adults and children at a Socialist youth camp in Norway. Where was the outcry and the cracking down on White Supremacist and fascist organizations around the world? This is not some example of white skin privilege; this is racism. Racism is used to divide the working class, and this murderer is part of an ideology that the ruling classes can use to preserve their power. It is advantageous for them to use organizations to divide the working class. The ruling class media fell all over themselves to paint this murderer as a mentally unstable “lone wolf”, while ignoring his ties to fascist organizations, yet they are doing whatever they can to dehumanize the French shooter and tie him in to Al Qaeda. Whatever ideological slant the ruling class needs to spin their information to help their wars is what they’re going to do.
The US Marine had served 3 tours in Iraq and was then on his 4th in Afghanistan. This illustrates the crisis that US rulers find themselves in – lots of wars and not a whole lot of workers to fight and die in these wars. The children and women that he murdered, most likely with help and air support, are part of the vast number US imperialism has murdered in its quest for oil and resources. His bullets echo the cries of the innocent in Mai Lai, where US soldiers gunned down a village as punishment. The US doesn’t just kill innocent children in Afghanistan though. Their thugs also kill young men in their homes in the Bronx.
The young man killed in Florida causes a difficult paradox, as many well-meaning people are calling for the arrest of the man who did the killing. The fact that the man who did the killing was Hispanic is an example of how racism isn’t about who pulls the trigger, but who is affected by the action. The working class must not be lead into believing that we can ever have some form of “Community Control” of the police. Their job is to oppress us and brutalize us in order to protect the social order. Though justice is a great ideal, it cannot be gained in the capitalist’s courts. This outcry is part of the larger outcry against the growing fascism in Florida and the brutal manner that the kkkops and their paramilitary lackeys are attacking the black workers in Florida.
These shootings, theses murders, these young people who either had their lives snuffed out or did the snuffing are all interwoven in the web of capitalism’s violence. Capitalism needs violence against the working class in order to sustain itself. It uses its ideologies, particularly racism, to divide the working class and get us to kill each other. We must fight racism with multi-racial unity. PLP is organizing within these struggle so that we can grow and end racism once and for all with Communist Revolution.