The Spark

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

Demonstrations against racist injustice

Sep 24, 2007

Tens of thousands of people, mostly black, traveled to Jena, Louisiana on September 20 to make their protest heard. Many thousands more took to streets in cities and towns around the country. A good many were high school age.

They would not let pass the overt racism of a judicial system ready to convict six young black men for a school yard fight, when it gave a pass to young whites who had been attacking blacks in Jena for months with impunity.

All those who demonstrated were right to do so – just as those young black men were right in standing up for themselves. In this racist and socially unjust society, there can be no justice when you don’t force the authorities and the racists to respect you.