DANNY HAIPHONG—There is a long-standing assumption that white liberalism is the lesser evil to the more fascistic forces that exist in U.S. society. Trump’s victory in the presidential election of 2016 has only intensified the strength of this assumption. At the same time, Trump’s first term as president has exposed how the dangers of white liberal fragility are far reaching and reflect the core rot of U.S. imperialism. White liberalism and its state organ, the Democratic Party, have participated in the decades-long assault on the living standards of workers and oppressed people.
ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTI-NEOLIBERALISMRACISM
ABOMINATIONSBLACK AMERICABLACK MISLEADERSCAPITALIST SICKNESSRACISM
The jury in the February 11 trial of four US activists charged with disobeying police orders to relinquish their occupation of the Venezuelan embassy to supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido will not be told that the actual president is Nicolas Maduro, or that Guaido “has never served a nanosecond as president,” said defendant Kevin Zeese. “The little sliver of hope we have,” based on the judge’s ruling, “is that we can say that we believed we were in the embassy with the permission of what we thought was the elected government of Venezuela.” The defendants face a year in prison and fines of $100,000 each.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN STUDIESAMERICAN WAY OF LIFERACISM
DESMOND ABRAMS—Killings of unarmed Black people by police have been a terrifying reality for generations of Black people living in the US. After two decades of wars abroad and expanded police powers at home, Black people in the US find themselves in an even more desperate situation of contending with an increasingly aggressive and hostile government that does not belong to us; but merely controls and subjugates us.
“With a few exceptions, all the presidents in Latin America are white,” notes Janvieve Williams Comrie, a pan-Africanist activist originally from Panama. “The racial dynamics are different,” said Comrie, but “the same racial structures exist” as in the rest of the hemisphere.
ABOMINATIONSPOLICE & REPRESSIONPOLICE STATERACISM
KEVIN REED—The fatal shooting in the chest of 26-year-old Jean, a black man, by white off-duty police officer Guyger and her sentencing to ten years in prison by a black judge—especially given Guyger’s “mistaken apartment” defense—had already generated national attention as a rare conviction of a police officer for murder, which resulted in a lenient sentence.