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The Uprising in Missouri Illustrates the Need for Communism

With all that is happening in these dark days of the dark night that the working class is being brutalized under, there is a general feeling of powerlessness: the “what can I do about it?” syndrome. This passivity-bred powerlessness is vital to the interests of the ruling class. All of the massive problems facing the working class today are primarily caused by inter-imperialist rivalry. This passivity was smashed by the murder of a young man, Michael Brown, in St. Louis by the racist police. The murder of the young Missouri teen and father in Staten Island by racist pigs illustrates how before a ruling class can attack its rival ruling class, it must attack its own working class even more viciously. The purpose if these attacks is for the ruling class to discipline us in order to wage war, and this process is called fascism.
The uprising in Missouri, though inspiring, parallels the peasant uprisings that would rage like a firestorm until they were extinguished.

The killing has drawn comparisons by some civil rights leaders with the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighbourhood watch organiser who was acquitted of murder charges. PLP supports these rebels who are angry with the racist police, and we would have liked to see and have participated in this same action initiated by Garner’s death in Staten Island. We find it welcoming to see angry Black workers opening fire on the KKKops at the injustice of the racist system. In contrast to the narrative the police constructed in order to blame the teenage victim, Dorian Johnson, who said he was with Michael Brown, gave a different version of the police murder:

He told local broadcaster WALB a police officer told them to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk, and when they continued walking, the officer confronted them.
Protesters have called for the police officer to be prosecuted with murder…

A resident on the street where the shooting occurred told the Associated Press news agency Brown had his arms raised but the police officer stood over him and shot him (execution style).

The major contradiction inherent in this uprising is that the violence against the state, the petty bourgeoisie, and the reappropriation of products, called “looting” by the press, though inspiring to the working class, will not lead to Communism. It may lead to a temporary reform where the pigs may hesitate a bit more before murdering another black member of the working class, but it will not fundamentally alter the nature and role of the KKKops as the protectors of private property and inequality.

We must take to heart that in order for us to make systemic and lasting change, we must build revolution where we are. We need to build the Progressive Labor Party so that we can make a concrete and lasting change, not just rise up like a firestorm and then be put down. PLP condemns the racist police and the ideology of racism that justifies their action. We were born in the heart of the Harlem uprising and fully support workers rising up and fighting back, but the PLP must grow if we are to change the daily misery and exploitation of inter-imperialist rivalry.

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Right Opportunism in The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

There is a constelation of contradictions intertwined within the Trayvon tragedy. It is a case that is laying bare the growth of fascism in the US and its assault on the working class. Due to the racist nature of US capitalism, Black workers bear the brunt of any intensification of state violence first. It should be of no surprise that a scared Black male teenager was murdered by a paramilitary extension of the state apparatus paradin about as a “neighborhood watch”. This type of organization divides the working class as it organizes one group of workers to help the state apparatus oppress other workers.

Community control of the police department was one of the central myths of the Black Nationalist movement. It is not possible for those who are brutally oppressed to control the agentso of the state that oppresses us. It is absurd to think otherwise. With Obama and his tears jumping on board the Trayvon Martin tragedy, a moment of objectivity must be sought.

Obama is a deadly enemy of the working class who specializes in betraying us to his capitalist masters. When he shows his sympathy, then something truly murderous is afoot. Why is it that he didn’t say that Ramarly could have been the son that he never had? There are many examples of young Black males in their youth being murdered by this nation’s finest killing machine. Why didn’t Obama have a public outpouring with Ramarly like he did with Trayvon? Could it be that one was done by a worker who is expandable, whereas the others were done by a police officer and the US needs to deflect criticism of the police and rehabilitate Obama’s image. In one fell opportunist swoop, the US ruling class is beginning to create a public outcry that is distracting the working class from the murderous rampage in Afghanistan and the brutal police murders.

Would convicting that fascist dog Zimmerman really bring justice, or would a group of angry workers led by Trayvon’s parents with some pitchforks, knives, and flames getting medieval on him? The capitalist injustice system is not dedicated to solving racist inequality and police brutality. They have no interest in stopping the stop and frisk law that cost Ramarly his life. No. They are interested in co-opting this movement into carefully managed avenues of discontent while creating sympathy for the murderer and casting doubt on the victim.

PLP recognized the injustice of these attacks from when they first happened, participating in and organizing marches and rallies, and, most importantly, pointing out the need for an armed revolution where we will make the pigs and their assistants pay, but we will not misled into the bosses’ camp by the liar in thief.  We know capitalism is in crisis and will use any opportunity to mislead the working class.  There is no end to the political opportunism of the capitalist class.

A Tale of Five Shootings

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 LaiThe 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.

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