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How Capitalism Failed African Americans

The Second American Revolution [The U.S. Civil War] was a tremendous step forward, but it never realized its promise to Black Americans. The real winners in the Civil War were the Northern capitalists who opened up new markets and obtained a huge new supply of dirt-cheap labor. Nearly a century and a half after the abolition of slavery in the U.S.A., we are very far from achieving genuine equality for all, regardless of race, color or sex. Despite a number of advances achieved through the struggles of black people in the 1960s, the position of black Americans remains one of clear disadvantage. Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.



Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr.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.


The Assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X

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.

Racism and Capitalism in Cincinnati

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.

Horror of Britain's Immigration Controls

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.

Interview with Ramona Africa

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.

USA Today: police brutality and the electric chair

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.

Trotsky and the Struggle Against Fascism

A brief look at Trotsky's tremendous contribution in the struggle against fascism.

Which Way for Blacks in the US - Black Nationalism or Socialist Revolution?

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.

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