EDITORIAL
Warning message from Dallas
volume:  
volume 37
issue 4
August 2016

The killing of five police in Dallas by a veteran of the U.S. war in Afghanistan was an act of desperation against an enemy — the U.S. police — whose relentless murders of people of color are rarely prosecuted.

The two now famous police victims, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., are not the only fatalities. Largely unnoticed by national media was the July 4 fatal shooting of Delrawn Small, another unarmed African American man, by an off-duty New York City cop. Latino Pedro Erick Villanueva was shot by undercover California Highway Patrol cops in Fullerton, Calif.

Police killed three other Latinos and a Latina during the very same week — Melissa Ventura in Yuma, Ariz., and Vincent Ramos, Raul Saavedra and Anthony Nuñtz from California. There were undoubtedly more not publicized.

Such ongoing executions are often hidden and always whitewashed, because police murderers are the muscle behind the capitalist system. They are the protectors of the state and of the mighty corporations; they enforce laws and orders that prop up a very rotten system.

Racism is so much a feature of the police and this system, because people of color are the most exploited and the most likely to fight back in self-defense — hence, the most feared by the ruling class and its enforcers.

Those who uphold the status quo are already blaming the Dallas killings on a multitude of political and community groups that have organized against police abuse, including Black Lives Matter. This is nonsense. Once again, the bad guys are blaming the victims. And in revenge for the police killed, there will certainly be more victims.

Dallas is an urgent warning. Immediate relief through elected civilian police review boards with the power to prosecute criminal cops are definitely worth fighting for now. But it is critically necessary to build an inclusive movement that will firmly solidarize in the fight for civil rights, and for an end to racism, homelessness, poverty, and endless wars.

That movement is already in the making. Massive protests against police abuse have burst out across the country with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets, blocking roads and bridges and highways in more than a dozen cities. They are the ones who will plan and organize in concerted collaboration to build and defend the movement against ever more police repression.

Calls for peace and unity miss the point. The true call is “No justice, no peace!”

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