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THE RBG R.I.P., NOT BY MAGIC READ | Anti-Black violence: How it’s used to control America

THE RBG R.I.P., NOT BY MAGIC READ | Anti-Black violence: How it’s used to control America

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Black violence: How it’s used tocontrol America
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People’s Tribune, Vol.24 no.5, May 1997
 
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 Anti-
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control America
The
article that follows originated in the PEOPLE’S TRIBUNE (Online Edition),
Vol. 24 No. 5 / May, 1997The graphic above is by RBG Communivesity for educational enhancement| Click  for full size download.
 
 
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 Anti-
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The history of violence against African Americans in this country is so horrific as to be
almost beyond belief. But it happened, and it’s still happening. The recent
attack inChicago on Lenard Clark, a 13-year-old black youth who was beaten into a coma bythree white youths for straying into their neighborhood, is a case in point. And of course,even more barbaric acts have been committed. Since 1859, over 5,000 African Americans have been lynched in this country. Blacks have also been tortured to deathwith blowtorches, dragged to death behind cars, and doused with gasoline and set afirein public spectacles. The case of Emmett Till comes to mind; in 1955, the 14-year-oldTill was abducted, brutally beaten, shot in the head and dumped in the TallahatchieRiver near Greenwood, Mississippi, for allegedly whistling at a white woman. And thelynchings continue, in one form or another, to this day. In perhaps no other country onearth do skin color and nationality constitute such explosive material.While African Americans have suffered more or less continually from an ongoingnightmare of segregation, discrimination and violence, there have been periods whenthings seemed to improve somewhat
as a result, for example, of the modern civilrights movement
and periods when things got worse. For about the past 20 years, itseems, things have been getting steadily worse. We are now in the midst of a reign of terror 
 
against people of color generally, and against the African American in particular.There are reasons why this is happening now, and reasons why this violence
or morespecifically, the ideology of white supremacy it represents
has profound implicationsfor the future of all of us. There is also cause to hope that the day is at hand when wecan put
white supremacy and racial violence behind us once and for all. If we don’t,
there is little hope for building a new society free of poverty and repression. Outside theSouth, Chicago has been the scene of some of the worst racial episodes in the
country’s
history. A lot was symbolized by the recent beating of Lenard Clark in
Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The location itself was symbolic. Bridgeport has a
 
 
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long history of anti-black violence. It is perhaps the most segregated neighborhood in acity that has been described as the most segregated in America. Bridgeport, where theroots of the politically powerful Daley family are, is also the historic seat of mayoral
power and patronage in Chicago, a city that epitomizes how this country’s ruling class
has
used racial politics to divide the people. (It’s said that the late mayor, Richard J.
Daley, had the Stevenson and Dan Ryan expressways built where they are to act as abarrier between Bridgeport-Canaryville and nearby black neighborhoods. And up until1982, a locked iron gate at 42nd Street made access to Bridgeport impossible from theblack Fuller Park neighborhood.) Bridgeport, a once-booming industrial area, also
exemplifies what is happening to America’s industrial working class as aging plants shut
down, replaced by modern, automated factories which are often located in other countries. That there is a campaign of terror under way against the African Americanpopulation is undeniable. There has been a general increase in hate crimes since the1980s, including an ongoing assault on the black population, and working-class blacksin particular, by the police. Consider, too, the suicides of young black men in Southern jails; the black church burnings; and black police officers being beaten and shot bywhite officers. Couple this with all the media propaganda about blacks and crime, blacksand welfare, and blacks and child abuse, which has helped foment an anti-blackhysteria. Add to it the anti-affirmative action proposals that were considered last year in35 states, plus the California anti-affirmative action initiative which was approved by
voters last year and thus far has been upheld by the courts. Throughout this country’s
history, the capitalists have used white supremacy to control the white worker, and thuscontrol the country. This has been especially true since the Civil War The role that whitesupremacy plays in the politics of America is bound up with the historical role of theSouth. The South became a colony of the North after the Civil War, and the forms of political control of the South flowed from the historical forms of control of the blackslave
segregation, brutality and terror. The capitalists used the ideology of whitesupremacy and the granting of petty privileges to whites to get the white workers tounite with the ruling elite. The inability of whites to unite with the black worker kept the

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