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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Solidarity With Trayvon Martin; Youth Indict Racist System

BROOKLYN, NY, April 6 — “Who are we? Trayvon!” was chanted repeatedly by students and teachers picketing the John Jay campus here protesting the racist murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin. This was among the many actions angry high school students and teachers organized as news of his death reached the campus. As many of the black and Latino students have been targets of previous racist attacks, we were able to sympathize with Trayvon’s parents. No one could defend killer Zimmerman as it became clear that racism was a major cause of this murder.

The student government, the debate team and the school newspaper confronted racism, with teachers conducting lessons on the case; students making and distributing posters throughout the campus’s four schools; announcements were made in classes and posted on Facebook calling on students to a picket line outside the school.

Some principals were supportive but others opposed this action, threatening their students by holding assemblies warning them about participating. One black principal released her students early out of fear.

The original idea was to stand outside of the school and lock hands in Trayvon’s memory. But the protest flowed naturally from previous picket lines protesting the segregation involving the new school the Department of Education introduced into our building (see 2011 CHALLENGES). Racist attacks created by the capitalist system are affecting our lives every day so we must stand together and fight the divisions it heaped upon us and on the working class.

Even though this was a half day, students showed commitment by coming to school, creating posters and encouraging their peers to join the protest. This united the school community which was fighting not only for justice in  Trayvon’s case, but against racism in general as well.

When we chanted back and forth in front of the school, the cops surrounded us, but the students didn’t back down, making it clear what we think of their racist tactics. Students wore black hoodies in memory of Trayvon, while knowing that Trayvon is not the only victim of racism in the class struggle. The action caught the attention of the neighborhood. Some encouraged and congratulated us for our courage while others crossed the street to avoid us.

We’re aware that such racist attacks could happen to any of us; we all go to a school in a predominately white, middle-class, neighborhood. However, the more we fight such racist attacks the more we’re able to open people’s eyes and show them how these attacks are caused by the system we all must fight against.

But this will not stop here. We’re continuing to encourage our classmates to come to rallies and protest the racism in all the class struggles facing us every day. Attending the May Day march on April 28 is a great way to continue this fight.

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