recent murder of 37-year old African American Alton Sterling by
police in Louisiana is another tragic episode in the long chain of
racist crimes in the U.S. The United States of America- the
metropolis of Capitalism- has a devastating tradition of racial
discrimination. A tradition of human chattel slavery back in the 18th
and 19th century, of lynchings and mob violence against
African-Americans, of racial segregation and discrimination against
black people in the post WW2 decades.
is an inseparable element of the capitalist exploitative system; it
is in the very nature of Capitalism to produce, promote and feed
racism. After all, the exploitation of the working class by the
capitalists becomes easier and more effective when there are
divisions among workers. For that, racism consists a valuable tool of
the capitalist establishment in creating disunity within workers.
What is best for the exploitative system rather than a splitted
working class, filled with racist poison?
for TIME magazine, after the murder of Michael Brown by a police
officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the former basketball legend Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar was correctly pointing out: “And,
unless we want the Ferguson atrocity to also be swallowed and become
nothing more than an intestinal irritant to history, we have to
address the situation not just as another act of systemic racism, but
as what else it is: class warfare” (TIME,
17 Aug. 2014).