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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Pedro Villanueva, Delrawn Small, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile show us again, the increased racist state terror coming our way. The four latest victims of racist police terror show that we have to go beyond the rebellions in Ferguson and Baltimore. We have to smash this racist capitalist system with communist revolution.

Revolution, Not Fake “Solutions”

Smashing racist police terror at its capitalist source is the only way to end this racist horror e once and for all. Even a Black President with a Black Attorney General could not indict one of these racist murderers for Civil Rights violations, not the killer of Chantel Davis, Eric Garner, Mike Brown or 12-year old Tamir Rice who was playing in a playground!

Liberal politicians call for hiring more Black, Latin, Asian and Muslim cops, for body cameras, and for “community policing.” Black KKKops didn’t do any more for Freddie Gray in Baltimore than an Asian KKKop did for Akai Gurley in Brooklyn. In Baton Rouge, where Alton Sterling was murdered as the pigs held him down on the ground, the police claim their body cameras “fell off.” None of the reforms proposed by these fakers address the role of the police. Modern U.S. police started out as slave catchers. Many later formed KKK chapters to terrorize Black workers and forcibly divide them from their white and immigrant sisters and brothers.

Individual Terror Only Serves the Bosses

The capitalist bosses will exploit the killing of Dallas cops on many levels—they attempt to steer the masses away from fighting the racist murders and toward all-class unity with the police. The politicians and their Klan in blue will use them to blunt a growing anti-racist movement and retake the offensive. We may see a renewed wave of police terror against Black youth and sharper attacks on political groups who are part of the antiracist movement.

Their real aim is to terrorize and scare the masses of workers, many of them getting active for the first time. No doubt, the police will use these murders to increase their surveillance of groups like Progressive Labor Party. They now have the perfect excuse to spy on and disrupt the “first responders” to the latest siege of police terror.

The revolutionary communist PLP rejects all acts of individual terror or anarchist street theater. We are organizing on our jobs and in our schools, churches, unions, military and many other places where workers are present. We are building a mass movement to combat police terror, imperialist wars and their root cause, capitalism, with strikes, rebellions and walkouts. In the process, we are winning workers and youth to see that racist terror will end only when the working class takes power with communist revolution. Our strategy is to build a Party of millions leading millions more, across all borders. There is no shortcut to organizing the masses and building a mass movement. Terror and individual violence only serve the bosses.

Lone wolfs like Micah Johnson, a Black army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, is a product of this racist system that alienates and traumatizes working-class people. Surely he was battling the contradiction between his task of murdering working-class families in other countries under the order of the same ruling class imperialists that murders and terrorizes Black youth just like him in the U.S. But the bosses’ have turned a case of racism, war trauma and mental illness, caused by capitalism, into a drill for fascism and further capitalist state terror. But we cannot succumb to the deep cynicism that motivated Johnson, and that will effect the working class. There is no substitute for organizing in the masses, with the working class, and fighting in our jobs, schools, military bases, and streets.

Police Protect and Serve Capitalism

The role of police under capitalism is to protect private property and suppress the working class. From the U.S. to Oaxaca to Russia and China, our problem is capitalism and its racism, sexism, and imperialist wars, not white workers. The bosses divide us and subject Black, Latin and immigrant workers to super-exploitation and increasing fascist terror. They divide us internationally with nationalism and imperialist wars with their capitalist rivals over resources, markets, and sources of cheap labor. In order to win, we have to reject nationalism, racism, and “identity politics” and fight back with multiracial unity.

Racist terror will increase as U.S. imperialism sinks deeper into the endless war it started with the invasion of Iraq, 15 years ago. This widening war is leading to world war with Russian and Chinese imperialism. Chinese bosses are challenging U.S. bosses over control of the South China Sea and sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. and Russian imperialists and their proxies, Saudi Arabia and Iran, have turned the Middle East into a killing field and created millions of refugees who will never return to their homes, over who will control the oil-rich region.

Black workers, especially Black women, hold the keys to communist revolution. Millions of workers and youth were inspired by the rebellions in Ferguson and Baltimore. But we need much more. Bring the struggle against racist police terror to your unions and churches, to your jobs and schools. Organize your friends and co-workers to join the mass rallies and marches. And most of all, build a mass PLP to smash the racist profit system with communist revolution!

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