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Workers Vanguard No 318 - 26 November 1982

Workers Vanguard No 318 - 26 November 1982

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WfJ/tNE/tS
,,1N'(J,1/t,
25¢
No.318
. ~ ~ ~ ~
X-523
26November1982
For
Labor/Black
Mobilization
Against
Racist
Terror!
TheKuKluxKlan
is
getting
out
itsrobes
and
crosses
and
threateningto
ride
intoWashingtononNovember
7:7.
WhattheKKK
wants
for
blacksinReagan'sAmerica
is
thelynchrope!Wesay:stopthese
hooded
fascistsinwhitesheetsbeforeit's
too
late!
The
Klanhas
obtained
government
permits
to
stagetheirrace-hate
provoca
tioninblackWashington.
If
they
make
goodtheir
threatto
march
in
D.C.,
itwillbe
the
firsttimesince1925,when
the
Klanheldthebiggestdisplay
of
racist"white
power"
inU.S.history.Amassivemobilization
of
labor,blacks,minorities
hadbetter
bethere
to
stopthemnow,
and
drivetheseracistverminback
into
theirholes.
TheKlan
saythey'regoing
to
assemble
near
the
Capitol
building.
They
saythey'regoing
tomarchto
a
park
acrossfromtheWhiteHouse.
They
threatenedto
march
earlierthis
monthand
they
didn't
show.They're
afraid
of
theoutrage
of
thedecentpeople
of
thisblackcity
and
areusinga
"heads
theywin,tails
we
lose"strategy.
If
militantsmobilizeagainst
the
Klan,theygenerally
don't
show
up,or
go
offto
hideinlily-whitesuburbs.But,
brothers
and
sisters,if
we
don't
mobilizeagainstthem,
the
Klansurely
will
march
inWashington.
If
we
don't
stopthem
here
and
now,decentpeoplewillcontinue
to
pay
withtheirlives.We
want
amassive
counterdemonstration
againsttheseterrorists
rightwheretheysaythey'regoingtostarttheirmarch.
When
the
Klan
endorsed
Ronald
Reagan,theyknew
what
theyweredoing.
Their
racist
program
is
beingpushed
fromthe
WhiteHouse:repealvotingrights,
tax
breaks
for
segregatedschools,roll
back
busing
and
smash
"communism"
everywhere.
TheKKK
is
the
naked
expression
ofwhat
theracistsintheWhiteHouse,theCongress,
and
cityhalls
thinkand
feel.
The
Klancarriesit
out
inuglyword
and
bloody
deed.
Overt
racismis
moreandmore
theacceptedpractice.Unions,theelderly,all
of
us
areunder
thegun.
Soyou
don't
have
to
beblack
to
bemiserableinReagan'sAmerica,
but
itsurehelps.ButtheKKK
better
know
that
Washington
is
not
Klantown.Thiscity
is
filledwithblackresidentswho
know
exactlywhattheKlan
is.
Many
familiesherehaveexperiencedfirsthandthe
terrorof
the
Southern
nightriders.
The
memory
of
thelash
and
thenoose
is
not
forgotten.Withinreach
of
Washington
are
powerfulintegratedunionswhose
members-hit
hard
withgivebacks,union-busting,mass
unemployment
know
that
the
hooded
labor-hating
racists
wantto
finish
them
off.Buttheunions
can't
let
that
happenwithout
afight.
That
is
why
many
elected
union
officialsarebuildingthis
anti-Klan
demonstrationand
mobilizing
tostop
therace-terrorists.We
don't
need
animpotent
protest
thatamountsto
ahat-in-hand
appealtoDemocratic
politicians
to
fight
Reagan
reaction.Weneed
to
mobilize
above
allthe
power
of
labor
and
blacks,independently
and
fightingintheirowninterests.Afterallthe"NewDeals"
and
"Fair
Deals"
and"New
Frontiers,"
what
doesitat!
comedown
to?
The
see-saw
two-party
systemsometimespromises
we
cango
up,
but
inthisdesperationeconomy,
we
keepgoingdownno
matter
which
party
is
inpower
...
and
our
sons
are
to
go
offtowar
again.
Smash
thisendlesscapitalist
racket
buildaworkersparty!
Klan
is
theViolentArmofReaction
AmericamustcompletetheCivilWar.
TheUnion
victorybecamebetrayal
of
the
workers
and
farmers,black
and
white.
The
Klan
aroseto
eliminateblackpoliticalrights
andbury
Reconstruction.
It
wastheviolent
armof
thereactionwhich
robbed
newlyfreedblacks
and
a
youngworking
class
ofmost
of
their
gains.
Nowthe
U.S.has
grownintothe
imperialistworldpower
opposing
socialrevolutionfrom
EI
Salvador
to
Southern
Africa.
TheKKK
continuedonpage6
 
Letter
TWU
Militant:
Labor
Must
Smash
Racist
Terror
Dear
WV:
Asablackmember
of
theTransportWorkersUnion,Local
100,
Ifind
it
particularlygrossanddisgustingthattherecentKKKrunoutinBostona
few
weeksagohasgeneratedsomuchheatovertheKKK/Nazis'"rights"
to
"freespeech."First,whatarethese"constitutionalrights"?
For
whomaretheyguaranteed?Andforwhatpurposes?Well,Iwanttosaythatinmyunion
we
didn'tevenhavetherighttovoteon
our
lastselloutcontractbecause
of
bindingarbitration!AndhowabouttheTaft-Hartleyinjunctionagainstthecoalminersa
few
yearsago?Thepointhereisthatthebossesandtheirstateusetheconstitutiontotheirownadvantageagainsttheworkingclass,blacksandthepoor.Leftgroupswhosaythattheyarefightingforworkers'rightsandyetcallontheracistcapitaliststateto"bantheKlan"arenotrevolutionaries.Theywanttoteach
us
relianceonthesamebourgeoisstatethat
is
responsibleforbreaking
our
strikes,napalmingVietnam,andforbrutalracistmurders
of
blacksandLatinosacrossthecountry.Thecall
by
theSocialistWorkersParty,which
I
wasbrieflyassociatedwithsomeyearsago,todebatethefasciststo"exposetheirideas"is,inparticularandingeneral,asocialdemocraticstrategy
of
do-nothingismagainstracistterror.Andthisalsoplacesfaithontheracistsinblueandthecapitalist
courts-the
enemies
of
workingpeople.WitnesstheSWP'scallforcopsandfederaltroops
to
protectblackschoolchildrenfromracistmobsduringthe1974-75busingstruggle.TheSWP,liberals,andourblackmisleadersshouldtaketheblameforthedefeat
of
busing.What
I
alsowantedtotouchonwastheNationalAnti-RacistOrganizingCommittee(NAROC)lettersenttoablackweeklynewspaperinBostonclaimingthatmaybetheKlanwasprovoked,andthattheweakpresence
of
the"anti-racistmovement"allowedthe"politicalcharacter
of
thedemonstrationtofalltoimmature
andadventurist
elementswhoemphasizedphysicalattackoverpoliticalconfrontation"[quotedin
WorkersVanguard,
No.
316,29
October].Blaminganti-racistdemonstratorsfortheviolence
of
theKlanandNazis
is
thesamekind
of
anticommunismthatcomesoutofthemouthoftheliberalsandtheracistcourts,forinstance,ontheGreensbororacistmassacre.And
I
sawwithmyowneyesNAROC,alongwithunionbureaucrats,blackandchurchmisleaders,thatofferedupblack,whiteandLatino
;,
""
...
~
..............
'
....
) ~ ,
WVPhoto
Soston,
October
16:1,500
demonstratorsrun
theKlanout.
anti-KlandemonstratorstotheracistcopsandtheirSWATteamsinFontana,CaliforniaonAugust
9,
1980.
WhiletheKlanwereonthestepsatCityHallorganizingfortheirracistterror,theseobstacles,NAROCandcompany,hadthedemonstratorssinginghymnsandpraying!Meanwhile,
Fontana
copsandSWATteamswerestakedoutonrooftopsandtreeswiththeirgunstrained
at
theanti-Klanprotesters.ThisstrategyonlyemboldenstheKlanbecausetheyrecognizetheimpotence
of
theseso-calledrevolutionaries.
And'"
WV
hitthenailrightontheheadwhenitstatedthat
"NAROC
doesnotwanttoseetheKlansmashed,butinsteadwantstouse
it
asafocusforgettingouttheDemocraticvote."
For
it
was
NAROCwhomarchedinfront
of
theDemocraticPartyheadquartersindowntownLosAngelesin
1980
withtheslogan"Democratic
Party-Open
youreyes,Don'tbeafoolfortheKlan'sdisguise"toprotestTomMetzgerrunningforofficeintheDemocraticParty.This
is
nothingelsebutavividappealtotheDemocraticPartytotakehold
of
yourselves,reformthe
Party-don't
letaknownKlansman
in-because
youmightlosesomekeyvotesintheblackandLatinocommunities!
c;Io
Onedoesnothaveto"provoke"the
Klan-they
existtocarryouttheirgenocidalpoliciesandhopetobe,oneday,theshocktroops
of
theU.S.imperialists.InNewYork,especiallyintheRockawayswheretheKlanhasbeenactive,raciststhrowrocks,bottlesandeventakeshots
at
motormenandconductors.Theyevenwentsofarastopourgasolineandsetafireatokenboothwhenablackwomanattendantwasonduty.Lastsummer,agang
of
racistthugskilledablacktransitworkerandseriouslyinjuredhisfriends.Afterthedeath
of
WilliamTurks,agroup
of
militantcIassstrugglebrothers
in
theTWUputoutacallforunionactionagainstallracistatrocities.Theycalledforthejailingoftheracistmurderers,therighttobeararmsand·forall
33,000
of
us
torolldownthestreetsonflatbedtruckstodemonstratetotheracistsandcapitalistpigsthatthis
is
themostpowerfulunioninNewYorkCityandtoshowthemthatWillieTurkshas
33,000
friends.This
is
theonlykind
of
actiontheKlan/Naziswouldunderstand.
We
havetoniptheminthebud.
As
amilitantTWUer,
1
supporttheviewsespoused
by
the
SL/SYL-for
labor/blackdefenseguardsagainstrace-terror!
For
aworkerspartythatwillfightforaworkersgovernment!CP,SWP,YA
WF
/APC,BUFandallotherswhorelyonthebosses'DemocraticPartystandintheway
of
theSL'srevolutionaryTrotskyistprogramofinternationalsocialistrevolution.Fraternally,E.H.
Anti-Soviet
Agartheid
Axis
FloDS
in
BlackAfrica
Reagan's
South
Africa
Connection
WORKERS
VANGUARD
MarxistWorking-ClassBiweekly
of
the
SpartaclstLeague
of
theU.S.
EDITORJan
NordenPRODUCTION:
Darlene
Kamiura
(Manager),Noah
Wilner
CIRCULATION
MANAGER:LindaJarreau
EDITORIAL
BOARD:GeorgeFoster,Liz
Gordon,MaryJoMcAllister,
JamesRobertson,ReubenSamuels,JosephSeymour,
Marjorie
Stamberg
WorkersVanguard
(USPS098-770)publishedbiweekly,
skipping
anissueinAugustandaweekinDecember,
bythe
Spartacist
Publishing
Co.,
41
WarrenStreet,NewYork,NY10007.Telephone:732-7862(Editorial),732-7861(Business).Addressallcorres
pondence
to:
Box
1377,GPO,NewYork,NY10116.
Domesticsubscriptions:
$5.00/24issues.Second-classpostagepaidatNewYork,NY.
Opinions
expressedin
signed
articles
Dr
letters
do
not
necessarilyexpressthe
editorial
Viewpoint.
Cubantroopsservethecause
of
nation
al
liberationinAngolaagainsttheU.S.
backed
Pretoria
apartheidbutchers,in
Ethiopiathesametroopsservethecauseofanationaloppressionandgenocide
of
thebloodyMengisturegimeagainsttheEritreans,Somalisandotherminorities.This
is
becausetheKremlinseeksnotworldrevolutionbutdiplomaticallianceswithvariousThirdWorld"antiimperialist"despots.OnlywhentheSovietworkersthrowAndropovandtherest
of
thebureaucratsoutandrestoreSovietdemocracycanthefullresources
of
Russia'splannedeconomy,thegains
of
the
1917
OctoberRevolution,bemobilizedforworldrevolution.Andit
is
SouthAfrica'smilitantblackproletariatthatwill
be
themotorforceforsmashingapartheidandmakingasocialistrevolution,layingthebasisforthesocialemancipationofallofblackAfrica
.
tions
of
theblackestablishmentrecognizethattheanti-SovietwardrivemeansfomentingwhiteracistterrorinsouthernAfrica.
..
and,wemightadd.athome.
.OnLeonidBrezhnev
NotwithstandingtheboorishbehaviorofPresidentRonaldReaganregardingthedeath
of
SovietPresidentLeonidBrezhnevthere
are
reasonsforaquite
d i f f e r ~ n t
reactioninBlackAmerica,OurAfricanancestryrequiresasense
of
loss
a(
thedeath
of
~ y
friendofAfrica.TheAfricannationinAmericaobviouslysupportsanaccommodationwiththeSovietUnion.
We
toolongforpeaceintheworld.
We
too
are
opposedtothe
1.5
trilliondollar
arms
budgetprojected
by
PresidentReagan.
We
too
supporttheideaofanuclearfreezt'.Ouryearningforpeace,ourdesiretoseeAmerica'sresourcescommittedtopurposesthatwillimprovethequalityofourlivesare
not
theonlyreaSonsthatcauseourinterestinthepassing
of
Mr.Brezhnev.
For
aslongasthegovernment
of
theUnited
states
flirtswiththe
racist
regime
in
SouthAfricaandseeks
to
justifythatsupport
with
anti-Communistrhetoric
we
mustunequivocallyassertthatwhichsbouldbeunderstandabletoalltbeworld-thatthesupport
of
liberationmovementsinsouthernAfricabytheSovietUnionleaves
us
intbeirdebt.
For
whateverelse
maybe
saidaboutLeonidBremnev,
he
IS
afriend
of
Africaand
of
Africanpeople.Hewas
an
outspoken-ponentofapartheidandracism.
We
reprint
for
theinterest
of
ourreadersarecenteditorial
from
the
AmsterdamNews
(20
November),one
of
theleadingblackweekliesinthe
u.s..
indicatingthatevensec-
SovietandEastGerman-backedCubantroopsinAngolaasprotectionagainstSouthAfricanexpansionism.
As
aregionalimperialistpower,SouthAfricathreatenstoturnall
of
southernAfricaintooutrightcolonieslikeNamibiaorsubservienteconomiccolonieslikeSwaziland.Eventheblackestablishment
AmsterdamNews
(20November)commented,
"For
whateverelsemaybesaidaboutLeonidBrezhnev,
he
wasafriend
of
AfricaandofAfricanpeople.Hewasanoutspokenopponentofapartheidandracism,"
Of
course,whileSoviet-backedsecretmeetingsbetweenSouthAfricanmilitaryleaderslindU.S.ambassadortotheUN,JeaneKirkpatrick,totheReaganadministration'spressureontheInternationalMonetaryFundtoloantheapartheidbutchersacool
$l.l
billion.Particularlygrotesquewastheissuance
of
anexportlicensefor2,500high-voltagecattleprodsforsouthAfricanpolicetorepresstheblackmasses.Bush's
tour
ofbfackAfricawasprecededinSeptember
by
that
of
thecurrentCIAheadWilliamCasey.Caseymetwithhisspyagencycounterparts
in
Nigeria,Zaire,Zambia,andMozambiqueaswellasmeetingwithtopministersandmilitaryofficersofthePretoriaapartheidregime.CaseyandBushtried
to
winsupportfortheirproposalto"link"independencefortheSouthAfricancolony
of
Namibia(SouthWestAfrica)tothewithdrawalofCubantroopsfromAngola.ButCubantroopsaretheonlyforcepreventingSouthAfricafromreimposingwhitecolonialruleonAngola,
asit
attemptedtodoinits
1975
invasion!TheCasey/Bushjunketbombed,butnotbecausethecapitalistregimesofblackAfricafightagainstSouthAfrica'ssavageracistpoliciesoritscontinueddomination
of
Namibia.Theseneocolonialregimesbrutallyrepresstheirownlabormovementsandethnicandnationalminorities.Even"Marxist"MozambiquecontinuestosupplysuperexploitedlaborforOppenheimer'sdiamondandgoldmines.ButSouthAfrica'sregularinvasions
of
AngolaanditscommandooperationsandsupporttoguerrillasinMozambique,ZimbabweandAngolaforcetheseregimes,nomatterhowexploitativeandanticommunist,toviewthepresence
of
6November1982o.318
VicePresidentGeorgeBushwasrovingthecapitals
of
blackAfricalookingforallies.,fortheU.S.drivefornuclearwarontheSovietUnionwhenhewasdivertedtoMoscowfortheBrezhnevfuneral.Afterdeliveringproformacondolences,theformerCIA
chid
wasbackinAfricalessthan
36
hourslater,attempting
to
forgeanewanti-Soviet"strategicconsensus"there.ButblackAfricanleadersarenotbuying.TheproblemfacedbythewarmongersintheWhiteHouse
is
thatthefoundation
of
that
"consensus"onthecontinent
is
thegrowinganti-SovietaxisbetweenWashingtonandthebrutallywhitesupremacistPretoriaregime.Thataxisexpressesitselfineverythingfrom
2
WORKERSVANGUARD
 
Choke
Hold
Murder
of
Black
Youth
Jail
Contra
Costa
Killer
Cops!
Oroville
Killer
IsCharlie
Manson
Pal
California
Nazis
Execute
High
School
Youth
OAKLAND-On
November3acoroner'sjuryinRichmond,Californiawhitewashedyet
another
case
of
racistpolice
murder
inReagan'sAmericawhenitruled
that
theSeptember
28
death
of
WillieLeeDrumgooleintheRichmondCityJailwas"accidental."EllaPriester,theonlyblackperson
on
apanelhandpickedbythe
Contra
Costa
County
sheriff-coroner,publiclydisagreedwiththeverdict
and
citedthe"grossnegligence"
of
thepolice.Drumgoole,ablackunemployedlaborerwhocollectedscrapmetaltofeedhiskids,wasarrestedon"suspicionofburglary"whenpolicefoundhim(empty-handed)in
an
abandoned
warehouse.
On
September28,accordingto
another
inmate,Drumgoolegotintoastruggleoutsidehiscellwithtwopoliceofficers
and
twojailerswhobeathimwithbatons,sprayedhimwithmaceandfinallystrangledhimwiththe"chokehold"madeinfamousbytheLosAngelespolice.Ablackfirefightersummoned
40
minuteslater
togiveartificialrespirationstated
that
hewasshocked
at
howlongDrumgoolehadbeenleftunattendedto.Theviolentlychokingblack
man
dieda
few
momentslater.
It
took
awave
of
militantblackoutragetoforceresistingcityandcountyofficialstoconveneevenawhitewashcoroner'sjury.
On
October
23
ademonstration
of
350mainlyblackandveryangryprotestersmadeitclearthatRichmondblacksarefedupwiththisracist"justice."WillieDrumgoole
is
thefifthblackmankilledbyRichmondpoliceintwo
years-the
otherswereshotdownintheirbedroomsandontheirfrontporches
by
trigger-happycopswithknownlinks
to
thefascistKuKluxKlanscumwhoinfest
Contra
CostaCounty.
Why
theCopsAre
Killers
Therearesomanyrecentexamplesofracistcopstreetmurdersandjail
As
blackpeoplein
Contra
CostaCountycantestify,therace-terroristscanweartheblueuniform
of
thepolice,thewhitesheets
of
theKlan
or
thebrownshirts
of
theNazi
Party
andsometimesallthree.Thesmalltown
of
Oroville,Californiaprovides
an
example
of
thiscooperation.InSeptemberhundredsofrace-baiting,swastika-emblazonedleafletsappearedinschoollockersalloverOroville,adepression-riddentown
of
9,000with
an
activeNazigroup
of
100.
Theninmid-October17-year-oldJosephHoover,aone-timeNazisympathizerwhohadgivenpoliceinformation
about
theleafletdistribution,turnedupdead
on
aroadoutsidetown,executedwitheightbulletsintheback
of
thehead.Blackparentsreceivedtelephonecallsthreatening
that
theirchildrenwouldbeshotatschool,andorganizedasuccessfultwo-dayboycottinselfdefense.Afterweeks
of
declaring
that
theycould
not
imaginewhowasbehinditall,theOrovillepoliceonNovember7finallyarrestedPerry
"Red"
Warthan,leader
of
thefascistgroup,theNationalSocialists,on
26
NOVEMBER1982
,
o
15
~
a.
>
~
Angryprotestagainstracistcopmurders
in
Richmond,CaliforniaOctober23.
brutalityinCalifornia
that
theycouldn'tpossiblyallbelistedin
WorkersVan-guard.
Andmakeno
mistake-they
getawaywithit.OnSeptember
17
OaklandpolicearrestedRichardWilliams,33,whowasreportedly"chasingchildren"inapublicpark.Williams
too
was"restrained"withthechokeholdandnevermadeittothestationalive.·In
1979
OaklandcopRobertFredericksbrutallymurderedblackMachinistsunionshopstewardCharlesDriscoewithfourshotgunblastsandsixroundsfroma.357magnum.Hundreds
of
members
of
theInternationalAssociationofMachinistspluslocalblackresidentspartieipatedintheprotest
~ ' h i c h
ensued.
but
the
Oakland
Police
Departmentwhitewasheditas"selfdefense."TherewasalsotheLongBeachcops'murder
of
97-pound
13-
year-oldTyroneDawsonlastAugust;andtheinfamousjailhousehangingbytheSignalHillcops
of
blackfootballstar
Ron
SettlesinJune,afterstoppinghimforaminortrafficviolation.Therehasbeennoprosecutioninthesecasessuspicion
of
murder.Butwhenthetownwasearlierplaguedbyaseries
of
robberies,policemovedwithalacrity
to
harasstheblackcommunity.InFebruary,copsstoppedfiveblacksfor
an
arbitrarycarsearch,forcedthemtoliefacedown
and
crawl
on
theirbellieswhileagroup
of
whiteonlookerschanted
"shoot
theniggers."Blackssay
that
thiskind
of
racistpoliceharassmenthassteppedupin
proportion
astheNazigrouphasgrownbolder.
"Red"
WarthanregularlyvisitsthefascistsympathizerandpsychopathicmurdererCharles
Mansonat
Vacavilleprison.LikeManson,
Warthan
preaches
that"the
whiteracewillriseagain"afterbloodyracewars.YetOrovilleSheriff'sSergeantBurtAkinstoldthepress
that
his
realworry
is
thepossibility
of
violencebyangryblacks.Warthan,whoinsistshe
is
avegetarian,turns
out
tohaveahistory
of
mentalillness.ButHitlerwasavegetarianhimselfandhiscraziesweredismissedbyplenty
of
people,untilthedesperaterulingclass
ofan
irrationalsocialsystem
put
himinpower.andmanyothers.
As
Americaslidesdeeperintomiseryanddepression,theracistsgrowbolder.Blacksdesperatelyneeddefenseagainstthisterror.ButtheNationalAssociationfortheAdvancement
of
ColoredPeople(NAACP),whichhasledtheprotestsagainstthemurder
of
Willie
Drum
goole,followsatreacherousandimpotentlegalistic
strategy-in
markedcontrasttothemilitantmood
of
manydemonstratingblacks.AttheOctober
23
Richmondrally.the
NAACP
calledprimarilyformoreblackpolicetoendracistharassmentandacivilianreviewboardtostoppolicebrutality.Butwhite
or
black,
the
cops
are
hired
guns-
of
a
repressive
capitalist
class,
and
this
necessarilyentailsracistbrutality.
As
forcivilianreviewboards,theseareimpotentschemeswhichonlybuildillusionsinthereformability
of
thepolice.Noreviewboardanywherehaseverstoppedpolicebrutality.Andjusthowmuchdidthe
NAACP
thinktheRichmondpoliceneedto
be
"reviewed"?In
January
1980
the
NAACP
andthecity
of
Richmondreachedanout-of-courtsettlementarisingfrom
11
cases
of
brutality,
by
whichthepolicedepartmentagreedto"reform"itsinternalaffairs.InearlySeptemberofthisyearthe
NAACP
and
Contra
CostaCountyreachedasettlement
of
lawsuitsoverpolicehandlingofracialharassment
of
threeblackfamilieslivinginwhiteneighborhoodsin
1980.
Thecountypromisestomake"goodfaithefforts"topreventsuch
attacks-of
coursethefamiliesinquestionhavelongsincebeendrivenfromtheirhomes!Thismeaningless"model"settlement,asthe
NAACP
calledit,didn't
do
themanygood.
Nor
didthesereviewsandagreementsmeanadamnedthingwhenWillieDrumgoolewaschokedtodeathonSeptember28,
oron
November3whenthemurdererswentscot-free.
Labor/BlackMobilizationAgainstRacistTerror
None
of
thereformistpseudosocialistgroupswhichhaveclusteredaroundtheDrumgooleprotestscanbetterthetimidliberalism
of
theNAACP.
For
example,attheOctober
23
rallyMelMason,regionalcorepresentativefortheNationalBlackIndependentPoliticalPartyandhighlyunsuccessfulgubernatorialcandidateoftheSocialistWorkersParty,issuedaleafletcallingfor
"ban
thechokehold."Thechokehold
was
"banned"inLosAngeleslastMayafterracistpolicechiefDarylGatesdeclared
that
blacksdiedfromtheholdbecausetheyarenot"normalpeople."Sincethenthe
LAPDhas
murdereda36-year-oldblackmanand
an
18-year-oldLatinogarmentworkerwiththe
hold-but
thecauseofdeath
is
describedas"compression-typebluntforce"soasnottobreaktheban!Courtpleasandpowerlessreviewboardswillnotstoptheattacks
of
thefascistsandpolice.RelianceontheDemocratic
Party
is
adeathtrapforblacks.TheracistsknowtheyhaveafriendinSacramentowithReagansupporterGeorgeDeukmejianinthestatehouse.ButblackswouldhavebeennobetteroffunderDemocrat
Tom
Bradley-himself
ablackex-copveteran
of
the
LAPD,
chokeholdchampionsofthe
world-who
asLosAngeles
mayor
has
F e p e a t e < i ~ ~ e f u s e d - \ O
f \ T e ' ~
racist
police
chief
Gates,
The
Democrat-
ic
PartypeacefullyharborsfascistscumlikeTomMetzger,thesouthernCaliforniaKlanleaderwhoranastheregularDemocratic
candidatf
inthelastprimary.Blacksneedtoorganizeforselfdefense.And
itis
agoodthing
that
thestatewideguncontrolmeasurelostbigonNovember3,forguncontrol
is
onlyanattempttogivethepoliceandthefascistsamonopoly
on
weaponsandmakerace-terror
that
mucheasiertocarryout.Butwhatblacksneedmost
of
all
is
therealpower
ofan
alliancewiththelabormovementagainstrace-terror.TheSpartacistLeague(SL)haspointedthewayforthebuildingof
that
alliancewithmobilizationsagainstfascistprovocationsalloverAmericainthelast
few
years,fromtheNovember
1979
Detroitanti-Klandemonstration
of
500mainlyblack
auto
workersandsocialiststothe1,200unionistsandminoritieswhocameouttostoptheNazisin
San
FranciscoinApril1980,tothe2,000whodroveagang
of
Hitler-lovers
outof
Ann
Arbor
lastMarch
20
and
3,000whokepttheNazisfromgoose-steppinginChicago'sLincoln
Park
on
June
27.
Thesemasslaborandblack-eenteredmobilizations,ledbytheSpartacistLeague,successfullyinterdictedthefascistsfrompenetratingthenorthernindustrialcenters.Meanwhile,theliberalsandreformistsimpotentlystoodonthesidelines,calling
on
thecapitaliststate(inReagan'sracistAmerica,noless)to
"ban
theKlan"
or
prating
about
theracistterrorists'supposed"righttofreespeech."AndonceagainonOctober
16
inBostonthe
SL
wasinthefrontlinesas
an
angrycrowd
of
1,500ranoffhoodedKlansmenandrepulsedthecopswhoattackedtosavetheirwhite-sheetedbrothers.Thesekinds
of
actionsarethe
only
waytodefeatgrowingattacksagainstblackpeople.Jailthekillers
of
WillieDrumgooleandallthekillercops!
For
blackself-defense!
For
labor/black
mobilizationsagainst
race-terror!.
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