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On the situation in Dallas

The situation in Dallas and across the United States is symptomatic of the unhealed wounds of racism which are cut deep into the bedrock of American society. Violence begets violence and, as the saying goes, no justice, no peace.

Black Americans live in a world in which they can be legally executed on the street if they are unlucky enough to have a run-in with a racist police officer who, through some mental disturbance, has the pressing desire to have control over others to such an extreme as to inflict violent force to the point of death for the unfortunate victim.

We've seen this countless times in this country. It goes back a long ways, to days when KKK clubs and police units were two facades of the same terrorist groups. Because white Americans for the most part live outside of this abuse, their perception of the ongoing resistance by the Black Lives Matter movement is easily warped and distorted by the capitalist media which wants nothing more than to anesthetize, deceive, and divide the working class against its own logical interests. A fight between oppressor and oppressed is, through the lends of this media, turned into a fight between black and white, between the civilized man and the savage. This doesn't only hold true towards white audiences but to all, including black Americans who, in the most extreme case as what happened in Dallas, will respond to a perceived threat accordingly.

The murderous acts in Dallas are in no way justifiable and should be universally condemned. At the same time, we should all critically look at why this happens. The underlying conflicts of society, stemming principally from the private ownership of the means of production by the bourgeois aristocracy, manifest in various ways on the surface, among the most prominent in the United States being racism. All members of the economically disenfranchised working class naturally feel powerless and, in severe instances, this leaves some with a deeply rooted craving for power, over their own lives and others. This drives some with such psychopathic and sadistic tendencies into professions in which such power can be granted to them, such as business management, or more directly police work. While certainly not all police workers are of this category, nonetheless the nature of the work does attract such people and inevitably leads to the violence we see nearly every day. There are many other angles to consider on this, and we as a society need to have a broad discussion which takes all of them into account.

Right now, there is a lot to feel passionate about. Communists will play active roles in building the movement to resist police brutality and resolve the systemic internal contradictions that give rise to it. In this pursuit, as in all others, we will always pursue the path of peace and never use violence except as a last resort. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of violence in Dallas and all victims of race-fueled violence, on every side of it.


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