A new upsurge against racism and police crimes is being born

A new upsurge against racism and police crimes is being born

With the cold-blooded murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, once again our hearts and souls are torn asunder. Once again, millions of African Americans and people of all races are asking, “How long will these injustices endure?”
We must renew the struggle and confront and defeat the racist idea that Black lives are expendable in this country that is our home.
Daily mass demonstrations all over the world have continued for over a week. A new mass upsurge against racism and against police crimes is being born.

We must tell our children that although we have traveled the long and arduous roads toward freedom, we have not arrived yet. We still must struggle for a just and fully inclusive society. In times such as these, African American people are looking for approaches that will bring about swift justice and accelerate our fight for freedom.

In Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech (1963) he spoke of many trials and tribulations that the American Negro has historically faced. His words still ring true today:
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one…. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity with signs saying ‘For Whites Only.’ We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing to vote for. No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

What do those words mean for us today?

First and foremost, we must demand justice for Michael’s family and community!!

We must demand a full federal investigation into the murder of Michael Brown!! If any evidence of excessive force is found-and we firmly believe this is true-Officer Darren Wilson must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We demand that Governor Jay Nixon appoint another prosecuting attorney because St. Louis prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, has a record stained by racial bias toward people of color. Furthermore, considering the history of racism in the courts, the jury selection should reflect the racial makeup of the community where the crime took place. As of now, we’ve learned that the Grand Jury is two-thirds white when the majority of the St. Louis County population is Black.

We also demand that a full apology be extended to Michael’s family and community by the captain of the police department of Ferguson. Although a price tag cannot be put on the loss of one’s child, city and state authorities should compensate the family for what Michael would have potentially earned had his life not been prematurely taken. What we lost was more than a life: It was an opportunity to contribute to building a stronger community. It was an opportunity for this young man to get an education and a decent job, and raise a family.

  • We need broad-based unity within our own communities!!
    We must bring together both organized and unorganized sectors of the Black community. Mobilize the Black vote for the November mid-term elections, including a special effort to win more progressive Black representation on all levels of government.
  • We must have police review boards that have prosecutorial powers!
    When police officers commit a crime against humanity, they too must go to jail!!
  • We must be full participants in the fight for good union paying jobs for our people! We must challenge all racial discrimination in hiring!
    According to Senator Bernard Saunders from Vermont, Afro-American unemployment is at 35 percent and in St. Louis, it’s even higher.
  • Work with the ACLU especially in communities of color. Since young people are a special target for racial profiling, they should know their rights and how to protect themselves in the event they are stopped by the police. It must be mandatory for every school district to provide this training.
  • All police – old and new– must go through extensive race relations training.
    Community-sponsored events must define What are our rights when dealing with law enforcement?
  • Recruit law enforcement from the respective communities.
  • Federal and local funding for more recreational facilities in communities of color.
  • Bring back Black History Classes to our schools! Our children must learn accurate representations of their history. If the educational system is so poor that the children can barely read or write, we run the risk of lowering the nation’s productivity and creating an unsafe and unhealthy environment for Americans.
  • More free mental health clinics for all.

The struggle for many of these ideas will take time. Once again, the cry reverberates throughout our land, “How long?” We believe not long, if we can successfully dislodge the underpinnings of institutionalized racism.

This can only happen if we seek every opportunity to build greater unity within the working class despite color, gender or religious beliefs -a goal not easy to achieve, but fundamental to the liberation of us all.

As MLK stated (1963):
“But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. NOW is the time to make real the promises of democracy. NOW is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. NOW is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. NOW is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

The Communist Party USA is committed to broadening multiracial people’s unity to achieve that goal. Join with us!


Comments (10)

Jareth Copus | October 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I think the latest evidence in the Mike Brown case goes to show that this story must be revised, its unfair to call it a cold blooded murder and to say it was racially charged. I am not blind to the fact of racial inequality and its not right that we tolerate these type of stories that are just used to fuel a flame that doesnt need to be burning.

Jareth Copus | September 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Thank you but I am very educated on the black struggle in the US. One of my greatest heros is Fred Hampton. I have been active in the chicago area fighting for equal rights in public schools for all races and formed a petition to fight against the corrupt police chief in 2004. People need to take their racial blinders off and remember that when we call attention to each others races we are only dividing ourselves more….

Earchiel | September 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM

@Jareth Copus you should read Class, Race and Black Liberation by Henry Winston.

E.E.W. Clay | September 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

W. E. B. Du Bois joined the CP in October, 1961, not in ’63 as I have previously, inaccurately, commented.
This correction in no way changes the fact that in 1963, when our great Du Bois succumbed, during the Jobs, Peace and Freedom march and rally led by the great labor movement, MLK, the Communists, women, LGBTs, Latinos, Asians, Africans, Europeans, civil and human rights activists and many more, his life long contributions to the struggle for equality, unity and peace were duly recognized, part of which was the upsurge for a real peace, an absence of racism and police crimes, and the economic security of socialism-sealed with fruit of his work for labor unity.

Jareth Copus | September 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

E.e.w clay im confused as to why i am misguided. I stated perfectly clear reasons for my side where as you just said names. I’m also confused as to how you can make the assumption that i know nothing about people and working class struggle. Have we met? Do you know me? No. i don’t see you doing anything for the people. I’ve begin petitions that have passed, i am a fixture in my community and I’ve single handedly provided support to our communist refugees in eastern Ukraine after being abandoned by our CPUSA leaders so until you know all the facts you should probably shut your mouth…. Mike brown is not MLK. your just using it as a way to feel like your doing something important again because the civil rights movement had died.

E.E.W. Clay | September 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Thanks to mamacassie and mercy and love to the misguided Fisher and Copus who have no clue about people, working class struggle or peace, love and justice, in our “Long Walk” (a Mandela reference) to freedom as humankind.
How could they make such comments about an article which ends logically with this beautiful quote of MLK’s, uniting all humanity in justice and righteousness in our America? They are clearly out of contact with reality.
1963, the year of the MLK quote, is also the year the astonishing W. E. B. Du Bois joined the Communists in all clarity, peace and freedom-as Mahalia Jackson sang MLK’s favorite Precious Lord(Jesus) to the largest protest crowd in North America’s history, in the seat of the United States’ government, Washington D. C., for Jobs, Peace and Freedom from genocidal, police state, fascistic actions like that of the murder of Michael Brown, Trevon Martin, Emmett Till and to resist lynchings like that of the Scottsboro youth. All who love peace and justice would join with Du Bois for multi-racial, multi-national, multi-cultural unity for progress. What a place the CPUSA is for such unity.

R.A.S.H. | August 31, 2014 at 7:51 AM


mamacassie | August 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

My dearest sistahs and brothas who helped to produce this article thanks you so much! It is so hard to continually witness the fierceness of this capitalist system upon our people. Right now I speak to you as a black mother, grandmother and figther for justice!! Deep in my heart I know that we must all come together to change this heartless repressive racist and inhumane sytem. Socialism is our answer- the answer for the masses! I know all these things and I am committed to this fight. Yet my soul and my heart is heavy!

Q Fisher | August 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I believe that the officer more than likely acted in self defense

Jareth Copus | August 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I dont think we as the CPUSA should be publishing articles that spread race hate like this. Starting out with the “cold blooded murder quote.” this is still a case in progress, has the officer been imprisoned, is he in custody even? NO. He is innocent until proven guilty whether you like it or not. So publishing this article only pushes us further into these racially driven fights that may not even be racially driven. I have fought for racial equality in Chicago public schools and strive for world equality and i think this mindset is what pushes us apart instead of us working together

This situation will die off once the cameras leave and nobody can have their moment in the spotlight sad enough to say, we have made leaps and bounds I.E. electing a black man as president. Does this not show our children how we should be and how we should act? the upcoming generations have a much different view on race and if we keep pulling them into our old views it will only further racial inequality.

look at the big picture not just what is the flash in the pan story of the month.

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