On Monday Feb. 29, 2016 Senior Officer D.C Twiddy of the City of Raleigh Police Department unlawfully killed 24-year-old Akiel Denkins during a foot chase downtown. Witnesses report that Denkins jumped over a fence and Twiddy attempted to do the same but tripped. He then pulled out his gun and shot Denkins seven times in the back.
There have already been plenty of examples in the past couple years of police brutality and institutionalized racism; one does not need to study up on the latest case to see that. But with this latest killing, now the state of North Carolina is finding itself personally involved in the national discussion on race relations and police. This statement, though created in response to the murder of Denkins, applies equally to all other evils committed against the oppressed peoples of the United States and its working class.
The Red Party, as Marxists, strive to stand as champions of the oppressed. And one cannot deny the insidious influence of hatred in the system, especially against people of color. The harsh contradictions of capitalism are further sharpened by racism, and each feeds into the other in a vicious cycle. We must do our part to break that cycle. As a part of this (and in conjunction with our demands for a democratic society), the Red Party reiterates our firm stance against the police departments and their allied institutions of the state and local governments of the United States. Tepid surface-level reforms, a few firings, even mandated body cameras will not fix a fundamentally broken system. Bourgeois politics will not change this. A massive restructuring of the very nature of public safety services is needed, and it is not one that will come quietly.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is one of many groups which confirms what those with revolutionary mindsets already know- violent crime rates are roughly the same in poor communities regardless of the racial makeup of said communities. To tackle crime, you must tackle poverty. And to really, fundamentally end poverty, you must fundamentally end capitalism. In the meantime, we will openly confront and educate anyone who tries to blame black communities for their conditions or who acts like they “don’t do enough”. How can they, when they cannot even democratically control the police (to say nothing of the means of production)?
The white working class must cast aside historical prejudices and break the chains of racism and capitalism. Recognize the material conditions that create and perpetuate racism. Minority groups must be guaranteed representation in revolutionary movements and given a platform with which to speak. From education and understanding will come unity and solidarity. It is those that will smash the bourgeois state and bring forth a new proletarian (workers) democracy.