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

Roasting on Juneteenth

Jul 1, 2024

On Juneteenth, Chicago hit 95 degrees with a heat index of 101. With the city’s large black population disproportionately lacking air conditioning, you’d think the least the city could do to celebrate the end of slavery was make sure people had a place to cool off.

Real life was just the opposite. Because it was a federal holiday, the city closed all but one cooling center and all the libraries.

Leave it to capitalist America to use a celebration of the liberation of black people as an excuse to save a buck—largely at black people’s expense!