Defeat Trump, Defeat Racism

BY:Jarvis Tyner| October 25, 2016 | Download PDF

We’ve all watched the Donald Trump Show. His hate-filled speech against immigrants, Muslims, Black Lives Matter protesters, as well as his insults against women, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama are all in the news every day. When protesters at his rallies unfurl anti-racist banners, Donald Trump tells his crowds of angry, mainly middle-aged white men, “Punch them in the face,” “Beat the crap out of them,” “Send them to the hospital; I’ll pay for your legal fees.”

Our nation has had a long and damaging experience with racist violence. Racist speech leads to racist violence. Imagine our country with narcissistic billionaire bigot Donald Trump as the 45th president.

The whole world saw the elderly white man sucker-punch a black youth who was peacefully exiting the stadium. This was in Fayetteville, North Carolina. When interviewed, the attacker said, “The next time I see him, I’m gonna have to kill him.” The police heard the threat but they arrested the protester instead. At Trump’s rallies, there is a foul stench of fascism.

Blacks, whites, and Latinos continue to protest peacefully and continue to be abused and attacked by racist mobs egged on by Trump.

You saw the real Trump during his speech on immigration after his fake diplomatic sideshow in Mexico. The real Trump says he will build the wall. He will criminalize and round up millions of non-white immigrants and hold them in detention to be deported.

The agricultural jobs in their countries were exported due to NAFTA. If Trump wins, he will try to deport them back to the terror of drug gangs whose weapons come from this side of the border. This side of the border also spends billions buying those drugs.

At that Arizona rally, he lined up 7 or 8 mainly white women and they each testified that undocumented immigrants had murdered members of their family. So the message is “Vote for Trump. He will defend us against the immigrant criminal murderers and rapists.” This is hate speech. Hate informed by lies. No wonder the KKK loves Donald Trump. He articulates their program.

When you ask Trump supporters why they support a racist for president, they answer, “He’s just being dramatic. He’s against political correctness.” Or worse, “Donald Trump is just being honest; he tells it like he sees it.”

Racism is based on the big lie of genetic inferiority. Trump broadcasts that lie from coast-to-coast. He blames immigrants from Mexico for homicides against whites, but according to the U.S. Justice Department, whites commit 84 percent of homicides of whites.

He is putting the blame for the nation’s socioeconomic problems on working class people of color; the most incarcerated and most oppressed section of the U.S. working class. All the while he masquerades as a friend of the working class and the 1 percent gets a free pass.

Hidden under the attack on “political correctness” is an attack on anti-racism. Racism is not only politically incorrect, it is morally and spiritually incorrect. Most of humanity understands this. Racist speech leads to racist violence. Just look at Trump’s rallies and the rise of bias crimes against Muslims, immigrants, and African Americans.

In our country, racism and bigotry has played a central role in rationalizing slavery, segregation, terror, and war. It has been the central tool for dividing and weakening the working class struggle for justice.

I’m not a Democrat, but those who insist that there is no difference between the two major parties need to understand that Trump’s Republican campaign is building a nationwide movement based on extreme racism and bigotry that will take our nation down the road to economic, social, and political disaster. His xenophobia and imperialist “strongman” talk will lead to war. Trump and the Republicans must be defeated.

Bernie Sanders is right. This is not the year to cast a protest vote.

Read the programs of Clinton and Trump. If there is no difference, why are billions of ruling class dollars and incalculable effort spent by both sides to win? There is a split in the ruling class.

It’s the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are mobilizing a big racist vote. It’s Republicans who are gutting the Voting Rights Act. They are working across the country to prevent African Americans, Latinos, and young people from voting. They are looking to steal another election.

Hillary Clinton has the support of labor, African American, Latino, women, LGBTQ, and environmental voters. She will have to respond to her constituents when elected. The struggle will continue.
Donald Trump will have to respond to extreme racists like Rudolph Giuliani, David Duke, and the Breitbart and alt-right types.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many other martyrs did not die in vain. They saved our nation from the consequences of legal segregation and racist terror. Dr. King led a multiracial movement that moved our nation toward freedom and true democracy. The GOP is out to reverse those historic gains.
Progressives can’t be neutral on this epic challenge.

People are mobilizing. Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racism is spreading among athletes across the country. Labor, African Americans and Latinos, women, youth, churches, temples, and mosques are mobilizing.

Labor and all the united movements for peace and justice are organizing to prevent the billionaire bigot from occupying the White House.

47 Days to go. A defeat of Trump’s GOP will open new doors of struggle.

“What do we have to lose” with Trump?


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    Jarvis Tyner is executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA and a long-time member of the party's national board.. He was a founding member of the Black Radical Congress and served on its national coordinating committee for five years.

    Tyner was born in the Mill Creek community of West Philadelphia in 1941 and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He joined the Communist Party USA at the age of 20. After several years working in various industrial jobs in the Philadelphia area, where he was a member of the Amalgamated Lithographers and the Teamsters union, he moved to New York in 1967 to become the national chair of the DuBois Clubs of America, and later founding chair of the Young Workers Liberation League. He was the Communist Party USA candidate for vice president of the U.S. in 1972 and 1976, running with party leader Gus Hall.

    As a leader of the CPUSA Tyner has been an active public spokesperson against racism, imperialism and war. He has written numerous articles and pamphlets and appears on the media, campuses and in other public venues advocating for peace, equality and the socialist alternative. He currently resides in the Inwood section of Manhattan, N.Y., is married and the father of four adult children and one grandchild.


Comments (5)

Pete | April 25, 2017 at 2:32 AM

I consider my self anti-racist. You are trying to use anti-racism to push a agenda that has killed countless people regardless of race. It’s sad to see you push this failed ideology in the name of anti-racism. It is akin to stealing money from a charity.

    Joe Sims | May 01, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    You may believe what you say but it is supported by nothing except generations of anti-Marxist anti-Communist propaganda reflecting the interests of the large corporations and their owners and investors, which trickles down to masses of people though capitalist controlled mass media.
    You say you are an anti-racist. Do you know that the Communist movement through the world organized campaigns to fight imperialism and all forms of racism, including anti-semitism, demonstrations, conferences, resistance groups to Nazis, Euopean fascists, Japanese imperialists, American segregationists.

    Do you know that the Red Army and Soviet people and the partisan armies led by the Chinese Communist party(later called the People’s Liberation Army) made the most important contributions to the defeat of the racist fascist axis in WWII, joined by Communist led partisan forces in Greece, Yugoslavia, France Italy, Vietnam, the Phillipines and other countries

    You say that Marxism -Leninism is a failed ideology. Failed in relationship to what? As an historian by profession I can tell you that history is always about what came before and what came afterward. For hundreds of millions of people, living in Czarist Russia, warlord dominated China, and other countries, daily life was a series of degradations, a kind of death on the installment plan, where
    where hungar, disease. pain and suffering were the norm for illiterate masses held in contempt by their rulers. These revolutions with all of their failings, produced a much high life expectancy, mass literacy, and also real economic and social mobility for the people in these societies, along with social rights that did not exist in capitalist countries. As for what came afterward, one might compare the lives of the great majority of Russians today and the lives of the people in the nations of the former Warsaw Treaty nations, where some urban elites have done very well but the great majority of workers and employees find themselves with all sorts of insecurity real,declne in living standards, along with “freedoms and civil liberties” which are very erratic to say the least.

    In that regard, you might compare the achievements of the Peoples Republic of China led by the Communist Party of China and its socialist market economy model, which has made it not the second economy in the world, as against the anti-Communist Putin government, representing Russan capitalism whose only “strength” has been to maintain the military power created by the Soviet Union
    As for your final comments, Che Guavera did not “murder” Cuban bourgeoisie although the CIA was implicated in his dubsequen murder and members of the Cuban bourgeoise participated under CIA leadership in the Bay of Pigs invasion. The mass graves in Chna were the graves of the millions murdered by Japanese imperialism in its burn all kill all, loot all campaigns against Communist led and other partisan forces.
    Failed economic policies producing famine and disease, distortions of democratic centralism and people’s democracy leading to arrests and executions are part of the history of revolutionary socialist societies and they should be understood in the context I. Which they took place.
    I would conclude by saying that your assertions based traditional biases saddens me. If the U.S. government during WWII had taken those views, as America First Isolationists did, it might have led to a Axis victory.

    Norman Markowitz

Jules Rensch | November 02, 2016 at 3:29 AM

It would seem that Candidate Trump has stolen the Republican Party…a party that has practiced the diabolical art of obstructing every positive advancement over the two terms of the Obama presidency….thank you Jarvis, you have revealed much…

    LB | April 03, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    Come on Jules, dont be such a hypocrite. We all know that liberals and conservatives have virtually diametrically apposed ideologies. Both think the other is wrong and it is BY NO MEANS “diabolical to oppose a policy that you think is wrong.
    Liberals obstruct conservatives as well.
    How old are you 10?
    Put your big boy pants on next time you want to comment.

    karlmarxsux | April 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    All of your progress of forcing,bullying and publicly shaming rational free minds to accept your narrow minded religious doctrines has been set back. Your witch hunt is over and Its about time.

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