Progressive Labor Party on Race & Racism



Progressive Labor Party (PLP) fights to destroy capitalism and the dictatorship of the capitalist class. We organize workers, soldiers and youth into a revolutionary movement for communism.

Only the dictatorship of the working class — communism — can provide a lasting solution to the disaster that is today’s world for billions of people. This cannot be done through electoral politics, but requires a revolutionary movement and a mass Red Army led by PLP.

Worldwide capitalism, in its relentless drive for profit, inevitably leads to war, fascism, poverty, disease, starvation and environmental destruction. The capitalist class, through its state power — governments, armies, police, schools and culture —  maintains a dictatorship over the world’s workers. The capitalist dictatorship supports, and is supported by, the anti-working-class ideologies of racism, sexism, nationalism, individualism and religion.

While the bosses and their mouthpieces claim “communism is dead,” capitalism is the real failure for billions worldwide. Capitalism returned to Russia and China because socialism retained many aspects of the profit system, like wages and privileges. Russia and China did not establish communism.

Communism means working collectively to build a worker-run society. We will abolish work for wages, money and profits. Everyone will share in society’s benefits and burdens. 

Communism means abolishing racism and the concept of “race.” Capitalism uses racism to super-exploit black, Latino, Asian and indigenous workers, and to divide the entire working class.

Communism means abolishing the special oppression of women — sexism — and divisive gender roles created by the class society.

Communism means abolishing nations and nationalism. One international working class, one world, one Party.

Communism means that the minds of millions of workers must become free from religion’s false promises, unscientific thinking and poisonous ideology. Communism will triumph when the masses of workers can use the science of dialectical materialism to understand, analyze and change the world to meet their needs and aspirations.

  Communism means the Party leads every aspect of society. For this to work, millions of workers — eventually everyone — must become communist organizers. Join Us!


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Students, Parents, Teachers Unite: Slam Racist School Bosses

Join us at the public hearing. Show the racist Department of Education that we won’t take this lying down!
Date: January 11th, 2011
Time: 6pm
Location: John Jay Campus, 237 7th Ave,    
                Brooklyn, NY 11217

BROOKLYN, NY, December 16 — “Segregation means we have to fight back! Scanning means we have to fight back!” were just two of the many chants that rang out on cold, windy Seventh Avenue as over 100 students and staff rallied in front of the John Jay HS campus. This biggest and most energetic rally yet caused many passers-by to stop and congratulate the students for standing up to the racist Department of Education (DoE).
As CHALLENGE has reported in recent issues, the DoE is advancing its proposal to install a new, well-equipped selective school within our building, catering to the mostly-white, middle-class Park Slope neighborhood. All this while the DoE continues to slash the budgets of the “non-selective” overwhelmingly black and Latino schools that already exist.
This anti-racist struggle is uniting students, parents and staff from the schools within the building, directly countering the DoE’s divide-and-conquer policies implemented throughout the city. We’re counteracting its creation of segregated and unequal schools as well as its lies that “lazy teachers” and “neglectful parents” are the main causes of school failures.
The truth is that the racist, capitalist system has no need to provide a decent education for all. Current schooling is geared to supply future soldiers ready to kill or die for Big Oil’s imperialist wars and the next generation of low-wage workers and unemployed youth. These are just some of the lessons learned from our struggle to stop the opening of this new school.
Within this context, the school’s debate team decided to put on a “Know Your Rights” panel discussion. About 200 students listened attentively as the debaters covered topics from “Schools and Prisons” to “Student Alienation” to “Inequalities between SSLJR [Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research] and the proposed Millennium Brooklyn” school.
The debaters explained that having metal detectors in schools was a racist act because most city schools containing them had predominantly black and Latino students, the highest poverty rates and the highest rates of Special Education and English Language Learners. One student was cheered when he stated, “When students leave school, they may not know math or history but they will surely know how to assume the position.”
The debaters also pointed out that many students felt alienated because they were treated like prisoners — barred from walking around in the cafeteria, required to wear uniforms in one of the schools and not allowed to go outside for lunch while the mostly-white elementary school children were.
Another debater, exposing a new uniform policy in one of the schools, had to pause for clapping and cheers when she explained that “uniforms are an unnecessary exertion of power by administrators who are looking for ways to control the students. But it’s obviously not working since only about ten percent of the school is wearing them.”
Students, parents and teachers have collectively organized these activities. We’re trying to inform as many people as possible about the DoE’s racist disregard for our students and the importance of fighting back. This struggle has involved many new people. CHALLENGE is becoming the paper of the masses in this battle and is seen by many as the newspaper reporting the truth about our school. We’re confronting capitalism’s racism head-on.
Victory in this struggle will not mainly be measured by whether or not Millennium Brooklyn arrives in the fall. That school, as all others under capitalism, will continue to teach the bosses’ ideology. Our victory will be in spreading the idea that we must fight for a communist world, where workers make decisions based on our needs, not the bosses’ need for profit. Only then will educating all for the betterment of workers worldwide become a priority.

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