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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Imperialism and Capitalist Exploitation at Heart of Myanmar’s Destruction of Rohingya Community


SEPTEMBER 30, 4PM, 1747 Columbia Rd NW, WASHINGTON, DC.

The imperialist rivalry among China, India, and the US is embedded in the destruction of Rohingya villages, the murder of Rohingya people by the military and racist vigilantes, and the forced migration of at least 400,000 refugees into neighboring Bangladesh. These attacks are mainly portrayed as an attack on Muslims who have been denied citizenship in Myanmar, and labelled in the mass media as a religious issue. But is religious persecution at the root of this human crisis?  Or is it a storyline meant to mask the true cause: displacement of peasant farmers by capitalist and imperialist interests in order to exploit a strategic, resource-rich region?

For the last 20 years, groups such as Human Rights Watch have documented land grabs by Myanmar’s military regime that have displaced the rural poor indiscriminately across all of the country’s 135 ethnic groups. For example, in Keren province on the border with Thailand--viewed as a prime spot for tourism, industrial expansion and agricultural development—rural populations have had their homes and farmland confiscated without compensation, and been arrested for trespassing when they continue to work the land.

Western sanctions against Myanmar’s military government were in place throughout its rule, up until the 2015 elections, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) prevailed. But despite the election victory, Myanmar remains largely under military control. Current aggressive military actions against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in the area may lead to a reinstatement of sanctions. The brutal response to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)’s attack on local police stations is being labelled by Myanmar’s government as a “security issue”, while the UN and Western nations portray it as “ethnic cleansing” of a large section of Rakhine province. The value of the territory now being cleared of Rohingya villages and others derives from China’s interest in building a $7.3 billion deep sea port at Kyaukpyu on the Rakhine coast and developing a $3.2 billion industrial park nearby. This is part of China’s $900 billion Belt and Road Initiative in Asia and would give China a foothold in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.  India also seeks to strengthen its role in the Bay of Bengal through its deep water port at Sittwe.

With so much at stake, it is clear that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi is as meaningless as that given to Obama—or Henry Kissinger, for that matter. Human rights are easily overlooked in the blinding glare of profits from pipelines and industrial development. Some of the country’s Buddhists, who are impoverished themselves, nevertheless have been won over to carry out ethnic and religious persecution and are helping the military, similar to the way some poor white workers in the U.S. blame their poverty on immigrants and Black people. The only solution to this problem, which is emblematic of others taking place worldwide, lies in class struggle and multiracial, multiethnic unity. The fight against anti-Muslin prejudice in the US and worldwide is part of the antiracist struggles necessary to build the unity needed to destroy the capitalist system worldwide.

The Progressive Labor Party is an international revolutionary communist party with organizers in 27 countries. We support the struggles of Myanmar’s workers and farmers against the government’s efforts to drive people off the land and impoverish them in slave-labor industrial development. We condemn the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and call upon the many oppressed Buddhists and others to join in demanding that the military cease and desist their attacks on the Muslim population and other groups in the area.  We need to build a world where workers run the society, not the military and fake Nobel laureates.  Fight for communism!

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