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

Nationwide State of Emergency for Young Black Men

Nov 24, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency preceding the grand jury verdict of Darren Wilson, the cop who murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The only thing he is right about is that there IS an emergency.

Black teens are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than their white counterparts. Worse still, 65 percent of the children under 14 years old killed by police since 1980 were black! Rarely are the cops held accountable. Attitudes like “black people are killers and criminals” and cops using the “I was in fear of my life,” line serve to justify and explain these lopsided statistics.

Yes there is a state of emergency–the problem is racism, the cops and the so-called justice system, NOT black people protesting and defending themselves against this violence!