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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Bosses Plan Detroit ‘Comeback’ with No Workers

DETROIT, MI, October 10 — Today, Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, announced it would initiate tax foreclosures on almost 80,000 homes in the city. This follows a racist massive water shut-off for tens of thousands of residents which began last summer and continues today as a judge has lifted a moratorium on the shut-offs despite international outcry from human rights organizations.
According to census and school enrolment data, Detroit’s population has dropped to about 600,000, down by more than 400,000 in the last 14 years. At an average of four people in each home, times 80,000 foreclosures, the math does not look good for the remaining residents who are 80 percent black but also Arab, Latin, and white. If this looks like a mass evacuation of the city, that’s because it is.
Detroit’s new capitalist rulers took over during the population exodus that was triggered by the collapse of the domestic auto industry and accelerated by the financial crisis that put GM and Chrysler in bankruptcy. They are on a privatization binge, and no longer want to provide city services to the remaining working-class residents. That’s why billionaire Dan Gilbert, the owner of Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his business cronies bought 100 police cars and ambulances to serve the mainly gentrifying downtown core. Meanwhile, workers in the outer neighbourhoods that make up 80 percent of the population, die waiting for ambulances and fire trucks to arrive. Ageing, unmaintained fire trucks break down regularly on the way to fires (arson is rampant), and ambulance wait times for severe trauma victims can be as high as an hour. Many of the streetlights don’t work, roads are blocked with debris and the entire city is overrun with 80,000 vacant, burnt out, graffiti-covered buildings.
Yet money will be siphoned out of the public schools to finance a new $650 million hockey stadium for the billionaire Ilitch family. The city is still run by the Governor’s appointed crony, Emergency Manager Kevin Orr, which is why many Detroiters boycott paying their property taxes. And with grinding mass poverty and unemployment, many cannot afford the taxes anyway.
Vacant houses and empty lots can be highly valuable capitalist investment opportunities. This is part of a long-range plan called the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework (DFCSF), a massive land-grabbing scheme being marketed as the “Detroit comeback.” While the DFCSF backers showcase urban gardens, charter schools, “experimental” small businesses and self-righteous hipsters, the real beneficiaries will be a handful of billionaires. The working class isn’t even in the picture. Detroit was once the center of world industry and class struggle. Its ruins reflect the decay and decline of U.S. imperialism. Among these ruins, we are rebuilding the revolutionary communist PLP.

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