The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
There Can Be Solidarity among the Oppressed

Jun 15, 2020

After some stores were broken into in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago last week, some men from the neighborhood attacked black people passing through their neighborhood and a suburban one, throwing rocks and bricks at their cars and shooting at least one man in the hand while he was traveling with his family.

But other people in the neighborhoods responded to stop what should correctly be called a racist attack. Some people directly confronted those carrying out the attacks. Others organized solidarity demonstrations in Mexican neighborhoods, attracting hundreds. A car-caravan was organized through parts of the South Side, with many cars flying Mexican flags, outfitted at the same time with signs declaring “Black Lives Matter.” Mothers organized a solidarity march, meeting at a church on the border between a black and Mexican neighborhood on the West Side. Many young Latinos participated in protests against the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor across the city.

It should be obvious today—it’s been obvious for a long time—that only the capitalists are served when workers let themselves get pulled into racist fights against each other, whether white against black or Mexican against black, etc.

This time, at least, the bigger number of Mexican people who oppose this insanity made their voices heard.