The trigger for the bullets of El Paso: racism

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March 16, 2019, rally at Foley Square in New York City against racism and the far right, marking the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Photo: United Against Racism and Fascism NYC
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Bullets are flying in the United States, cutting down brown people and black people, immigrants and the native-born. The bullets are loaded into guns carried by white-supremacist ideologues, men with distorted views of reality. These Aryan chauvinists are egged on by a cowardly Congress in the hands of a Napoleonic president whose casual racism reflects centuries of U.S. history and capitalist exploitation.

“This is America,” as Donald Glover raps in his violent, revelatory video for that song.

On August 3, in El Paso, Texas, the bullets ended the lives of seven Mexican nationals and 15 U.S. citizens and residents shopping at Walmart with their families. A young man, whose history teachers had perhaps failed to inform him that Texas was originally Mexico, struck against those he called “invaders.” He seemed unaware that the first invaders of what is now Texas were the Spanish, and the second were 19th-century U.S. plantation owners seeking a place to expand the blood-soaked slavery system.

Today we relive this unresolved history. It seems as though the guns that settled the Mexican-American war are blazing away now at babies and mothers, at fathers and uncles, at ordinary working-class people.

Bullets may be the instruments of slaughter, but it is the racist demagogues in the White House who prepare the killing fields, for the benefit of those who profit from extreme exploitation and suffering on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Working folk of the world create the wealth of this country and all others every day of the year. And when the bullets fire, we help each other no matter what side of the border we live on, because we belong to one race — the human race.

The people of Juárez and El Paso proved this once again. They rushed to blood donation centers after the killings. They did not ask who the blood was for; they simply wanted to help, to stand in solidarity with those who had been shot.

In this world, what tears the flesh cannot be stopped by prayers or gun laws. Only a profound systemic change will do, a radical reordering of society from top to bottom.

We who have nothing to sell but our labor must decide that we can make a more beautiful and just world than the one created by the lies and bloodshed of the international 1 percent. The power is in our hands. We have only to use it, to stand together for the common good in a socialist world.

Issued by the Freedom Socialist Party


Hate has no place in our country (excerpt)
By Yolanda Alaniz, Los Angeles

May the people who died in

Gilroy, CA

El Paso, TX

Dayton, OH

Find peace as we fight for justice for all who have passed on and who are still with us.

I will take my tears, my pain and my anger and roll it into getting up in the morning. These emotions I will use to make me brave, to continue the struggle tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that and …

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