Chicago meeting: Racism in Ferguson, Missouri, puts American civilization on trial

September 17, 2014

Monday, September 22, 6:30 PM
News and Letters library
228 S. Wabash, Room 230, Chicago, IL 60604

A participant in NMOS14 in Chicago. Photo for News & Letters by Franklin Dmitryev.

A participant in NMOS14 in Chicago. Photo for News & Letters by Franklin Dmitryev.

Racism is, and has always been, fundamental to all stages of the development of U.S. capitalism. The vicious police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has illuminated the relationship between “law enforcement” and neocolonial occupation and oppression. The heavily militarized attacks on the people protesting in Ferguson were a candid snapshot of American “civilization.” They succeeded in drawing much needed attention to the many cases of police abuse and murder that go on every day.

The murder of Michael Brown, who was a writer and thinker, is emblematic of what Black youth, both men and women, face in a country still mired in a virulent racism. That racism and the fight against it put America on trial. It is incumbent upon revolutionaries to develop the idea of freedom and dignity that so many have died defending, and that Michael Brown, in a life cut short, did not live to experience.

Speaker: Gerry Emmett, anti-racist activist, author of “Israel decimates Gaza as world faces global counter-revolutions

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