The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Racists Deface Joe Louis Statue in Detroit

Mar 1, 2004

Two white men from an outlying township, one a parks commissioner, drove into the city of Detroit early in the morning of February 23. Defacing the sculpture of a black fist erected in honor of boxer Joe Louis with white paint, they left behind photos of two white Detroit cops recently killed by a black man. On the photos they had scrawled the words, "Courtesy of Fighting Whiteys."

They might as well have burned a cross in the middle of Detroit.

Blaming all the people of the city of Detroit for what one man did, these fools were hardly different than the KKK in the period of Jim Crow, who were ready to lynch dozens of black men for what they accused one man of doing–often falsely. But there’s this difference–the black mobilization of the fifties, sixties, and seventies got rid of legal Jim Crow. In doing so, the black population exposed the cowardice and stupidity of racists hiding their faces at night under bed sheets–or behind a can of white paint.

These fools thought they could come into a predominantly black city, deface a symbol of a black fighter and get away without anyone noticing. They must have thought their white skin would make them impervious to anything.

In this case, these two idiots were prevented from getting away by a taxi driver with a cellphone, who followed them out of the city for many miles until he finally forced the cops to arrest them.