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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Kingsborough fighters expose Goldstein and co’s true racist colors, again!

BROOKLYN, October 6—“Honestly I didn’t think that the leafleting against Goldstein would accomplish anything or even get a reaction. I was wrong. Those leaflets really scared the administration - it’s freaking them out, and now they’re going to respond.” A sympathetic Kingsborough Community College (KCC) faculty member recently related this to a member of the Progressive Labor Party. The racists fear direct, mass confrontation and at KCC, they are getting it!
Last spring, a group of students, faculty and workers came into possession of hundreds of extreme racist, sexist social media posts by KCC administrator Michael Goldstein. Goldstein shared Facebook posts that said Islam “executes gays, chops off heads and stones women.” Another shared post said “Confederate veterans are American veterans.” Still another questioned “politicians who protect illegals who rape and murder.” In response, about 1,500 leaflets were collectively produced, printed and distributed around campus calling for Goldstein’s termination. Phone calls were made to the Human Resources office and Chief Diversity Officer to complain. Some students even discovered where Goldstein’s office was, and slid the leaflets under his door!
Students, sympathetic faculty and staff and some PL’ers found out recently that Goldstein has been removed from his position as KCC’s Director of Public Relations. The stripping of his formal power - and his embarrassment to the administration - is a partial victory for the student-led antiracist forces at KCC! The administration continues protecting him by shuffling him around, and it will take mass struggle to drive racists likeGoldstein out.
Racists show their colors
Now the racists have responded. In an article on a rightwing website Goldstein claimed the leafleting is part of a systematic campaign of anti-Jewish racism against him. Also, around two dozen KCC professors received certified letters saying Goldstein is considering legal action against them.
On September 6, an “exclusive” article appeared on a website, Campus Reform (see box) featuring an interview with Goldstein. He whined that he’s been accused of “vile, false allegations of racism,” and accused a group of faculty of being anti-Jewish. The Lawfare Project, a pro-Israeli, nonprofit law firm, sent a letter on his behalf to CUNY Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz, crying about a supposed “ongoing discrimination campaign” against him. As if antiracism was discriminatory!
The Campus Reform article, faithful to its fascist heritage, made bizarre and dangerous allegations. With no evidence whatsoever, it names and blames a professor who had absolutely nothing to do with the leafleting campaign.
Goldstein threatens legal action
Then on October 3, a group of about two dozen KCC faculty received certified, confidential letters from the Lawfare Project notifying them that Goldstein is considering legal action. In “anticipation of litigation,” the professors are instructed:

“to retain and preserve all emails, voicemails, text messages…social media postings and communications as well as all other electronic or printed documents, records…in any way relating to:
-Mr. Goldstein
-Your views on Israel
-Your views on Zionism
-Your views on Jews
-Your views on Palestine; and
-the Progressive Faculty Caucus [group of left-minded KCC]
…This notification extends to all emails generated on a CUNY/KCC server.”

The fascists are on a fishing expedition. They have no idea who is responsible for the antiracist campaign against them. Like the Israeli fascists they adore, they attack indiscriminately. They feel protected by a government that promotes racism. Their “freedom of speech” is a farce that only applies to racists like Goldstein, whose connections to fascist, terrorist groups like the Leadership Institute (see box) show us how deadly serious the bosses are about defending racism and capitalism.
The leaflet distributed at KCC is 100 percent right when it states: “It will take as many of us as possible to unite and build a movement to fight back [against racism].” However many were involved, it will take many more in the struggles ahead. That’s because as communists we know that fighting racism is necessary for any progress for all workers and students. Join us!

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