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Monday, July 22, 2013

Multi-millionaires cry “poor me” but not everybody’s fooled by “race” play

Political analyst Patrick Martin weighs in on U.S. president’s Martin- Zimmerman performance
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

False Face True face

The Obama administration “in its domestic policies has systematically defended the interests of the super-rich against the working class and middle class population of ─
all races and ethnic origins: Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, immigrantall sections of the working class have borne the brunt of the economic crisis that followed the 2008 financial crash.

…Wall Street profits and CEO bonuses have been fully restored (but) the jobs and living standards of working people have never recovered.

“The Obama administration supplied trillions to the Wall Street banks and tens of billions for the auto bosses but offers nothing at all to the people of Detroit.
The same day that (the president gave his Martin-Zimmerman performance ), the White House flatly rebuffed suggestions that the federal government should come to the assistance of the U.S. city of Detroit, forced into bankruptcy last week.

Barack “Obama does not speak for Trayvon Martin. He speaks for a different social class, one whose interests are deeply antagonistic to those of the Martin family and the broad mass of working people and youth of all races and ethnic groups. Hundreds of thousands of working people in Detroit, most of them African Americans, face extensive punitive cuts in public services, jobs and living standards.”

As to violence, invasion as the principal currency of this realm, Patrick Martin calls it like it is: This government “has repeatedly asserted the ‘right’ to kill its political antagonists overseas ─ including American citizens, using drone-fired missiles.  
“It is engaged in systematic spying on the communications of the population of the entire world.” Referencing Martin Luther King, Martin continues, “The American government is the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet.”

Performing stage center 

“There is a tremendous amount of cynicism, self-interest and hypocrisy in the official reaction to the killing of Trayvon Martin, including from groups like the National Action Network, the pro-Democratic Party organization run by Sharpton that organized the demonstrations over the weekend.”

The president’s latest performance surrounding the Martin-Zimmerman case “lumped together privileged multimillionaires ─ such as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Obama himself ─ with the masses of African American workers and youth who have been the hardest hit by the crisis of American capitalism and the policies of the Obama administration.… 

“A whole layer of fake ‘progressives’ whose stock-in-trade is identity politics ─ including well-off African American politicians, pundits and professionals ─ is using the tragic killing of Martin to promote the politics of race, upon which their salaries and sinecures depend.

The aim is to advance the interests of more privileged layers of the upper-middle class.

Under conditions where millions of people begin to understand that there is something deeply rotten and dysfunctional about the existing economic and political system and begin to see more clearly the widening chasm separating the financial aristocracy from the broad masses of the people ─ these forces (‘fake progressives’) harp on (distract with) the issue of race in order to sow divisions within the working class and to channel social opposition to return or reinforce backing of the Democratic Party. 

Waiting in the wings

Patrick Martin addresses the rest of us who are not multimillionaires but are not fools either and are unwilling to tolerate the repeated insult of being taken for fools.

The central task of the working class,” he says, “is to free itself from the political influence of these pro-capitalist elements and build an independent mass political movement that will unite working people of all races and ethnic backgrounds in a common struggle against the profit system.”

Sources and notes

“Obama, race and class” (Patrick Martin World Socialist Web Site, wsws.org): “The statement Friday by President Obama during a carefully staged “surprise” appearance in the White House briefing room was a calculated effort to exploit for definite political ends the popular anger over last week’s acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer. Seventeen year old Martin, an African American, was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February of last year,” July 22, 2013, Original text Copyright © 1998-2013 World Socialist Web Site - All rights reserved, http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/22/pers-j22.html

Patrick Martin is a World Socialist Web Site contributor, leading political analyst, writer and party member
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