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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Elite’s shameful distraction deepens disturbing status quo

Beware the Jackson-Sharpton (even Democracy Now!)-Left-Right-Center exploitation of the Trayvon Martin killing “to undermine and preempt,” in Joseph Kishore’s words, “any development of independent class consciousness, which poses a threat to the capitalist system”
Edited by Carolyn Bennett

Joseph Kishore’s thoughts posted today at World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) seem spot on to me. This is an excerpt from that article.

Buttressing status quo

Figures like [Jesse] Jackson (net worth $10 million) and [Al] Sharpton (net worth $5 million) speak for a highly privileged social layer. A substantial group of black executives and politicians has emerged as a principle constituency for the Democratic Party — even as conditions for the vast majority of African Americans have worsened.

Their attempts to present racism as the ‘core’ of American society are false and reactionary. Racial inequalities exist and racism is promoted by sections of the ruling class. However, this is one particular expression of the fundamental division in society: class. Indeed, the most horrific levels of poverty and unemployment for black workers are to be found in cities overseen by black mayors, politicians, police chiefs and businessmen.

The crisis of capitalism cuts across the racial and identity politics that have been promoted for decades as a basis of ideological and social support for capitalist rule in the United States. Since the ghetto uprisings of the late 1960s in particular, the ruling class has sought to divide the working class while cultivating a small layer of African Americans and other minorities to police the cities and provide a new base of support for the status quo.

What lies under?
Unemployment and poverty, repression-driven inequality, paranoia-driven violence

Racial prejudice may have played a role in the killing of [Trayvon] Martin, who was African-American. The initial public reaction, however, did not focus on race, but rather on the gross injustice involved. As Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, put it, ‘It’s not about black and white; it’s about right and wrong.’

The background to the killing of Martin is the promotion of law-and-order vigilantism and the passage of reactionary legislation like Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Police and prosecutors have cited this law in justifying their refusal to take action against [George] Zimmerman.

 At the same time, the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression contributes to immense tensions building up in American society, which find expression in different forms, including violent actions by disturbed individuals such as Zimmerman.

The year 2011 saw the eruption of major social struggles on a world scale that raised the fundamental issue of social inequality. Mass working class demonstrations and strikes in Egypt and other countries initially eclipsed religious and sectarian differences and focused on the basic questions of unemployment, poverty and political repression.

Sources and notes
“The killing of Trayvon Martin and racial politics in America,” April 5, 2012, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/apr2012/pers-a05.shtml

“Interview with Joseph Kishore of the Socialist Equality Party (Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 By Matt J. Stannard. Under Context2012), http://politicalcontext.org/blog/2012/03/interview-with-joseph-kishore-of-the-socialist-equality-party/

WSWS.org is the voice of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), a pro-Fourth International Marxist group with affiliates in several countries. The predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party was the Workers League. The Workers League initiated the process of transformation into the SEP in 1995. The founding congress of the SEP was held in 2008. In the United States headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the SEP National Chairman is David North and its National Secretary is Joseph Kishore. 

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