Vonderitt Myers, Mike Brown, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Aaron Campbell, Orlando Barlow, Steven Eugene Washington, Ervin Jefferson, Kendrec Mcdade, Kimani Gray, Wendell Allen, Ronald Madison, James Brisette, Tavares McGill, Victor Steen …
The list goes on and on and on… and will never end until we take a stand. That stand has begun in Ferguson and should not stop until Black life (and especially that of poor and working-class life) finally matters in the US.
This is only the beginning. Criminal charges against Darren Wilson, while an obvious necessity that should have occurred the day after Michael Brown’s murder, is a crucial demand, but still would only amount to a drop in the bucket of justice.
The daily brutalization of Black life at the hands of police throughout the country, along with the disgusting justification of such practice from many Americans (See the Darren Wilson fundraiser), has confirmed what we’ve known all along – the election of Barack Obama did NOT signify the beginning of a “post-racial” America. On the contrary, it has actually uncovered a blatant and sadistically racist nation.
The struggle is REAL and it affects all of us. Fundamentally, this is not just a racial issue; it is also a working-class issue. Throughout history, the police have been used as the enforcers of the rich and powerful, stamping out working-class dissent whenever and wherever it arises.
Artificial divides (such as “race”) have been used to split the working class, allowing for the continuation of draconian laws, ever-increasing inequality, and the unchecked growth of corporate power and governance. We MUST confront and destroy these divisions head-on before we can move forward with a meaningful and effective working-class agenda.
We proudly stand in solidarity with the courageous citizens of Ferguson who are demanding their full value as human beings, as well as those who have traveled far and long to join them in the streets. We urge you to do so as well.
(photo by Jim Young/Reuters)