January 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. day, a day to remember the struggle of millions of African-Americans and their allies to end the poison of racism. With the exploding prison population, relentless police brutality, and the nooses recently found at a New York worksite, it is clear this poison is as pernicious as ever. Like Malcolm X, MLK Jr. had come to the conclusion towards the end of his life that racism and capitalism were inextricably intertwined, that you could not end the divisive rot of racism within the bounds of the capitalist system. The conclusion for class conscious workers and youth is clear: in order to end war, to end racism, to end poverty, to end discrimination, to end misery, and to end hunger, we must end capitalism. We highlight on this important day of commemoration several articles which offer a class perspective on the question of racism and the need for the working class to energetically combat it while linking this struggle with the struggle to end capitalism once and for all.
Over thirty years ago, Malcolm X (1965) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968) were assassinated. There have always been many unanswered questions about both of these murders. Roland Sheppard takes a look at both of these crimes.
The murder by a white police officer of an unarmed 19-year-old black man was the spark
which ignited the accumulated tinder of racism and poverty in Cincinnati last week. In the
biggest "race riots" since the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles in 1992,
hundreds took to the streets to protest police brutality and the pent-up frustrations of
decades of marginalization and poverty.
The horrific deaths of 58 Chinese migrants found in Dover, revealed to the world the
monstrous effects of Britain's immigration regime. By making it virtually impossible for
refugees and migrants to enter this country legally, many thousands every year seek to
come here illegally. Jack Straw was quick to place the blame on Chinese smuggling gangs
called the Snake Head. Thinking people can see through this.
The only surviving member of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house by the polce tells her
side of the story. The police bombed their home and murdered innocent men, men women and
children, yet Ramona Africa was the only one to serve prison time.
The state-sanctioned murder of Shaka Sankofa (a.k.a. Gary Graham) once again raised the
issue of the death penalty in the public eye. Rob Sewell takes a look at the death penalty
and police brutality in today's "kinder gentler" America.
The United States is the richest and most powerful country on the planet. Yet despite
this, the poison of racism remains an integral part of America. Rob Sewell discusses the
alternatives from a working class point of view.