Race and Class in America

A politically motivated smear: Canada’s Globe and Mail blames “Marxists” for discredited racialist 1619 Project

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 January 2021

In an act of political censorship, Canada’s “newspaper of record” has refused to publish a letter from WSWS Chairman David North answering its smear.

Oregon faces legal challenges after establishing blacks-only COVID-19 relief fund

By Dominic Gustavo, 21 January 2021

The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist “one drop” rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.

New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers

By Daniel de Vries, 21 January 2021

Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday’s police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

New York City police attack striking Hunts Point warehouse workers

By Daniel de Vries, 20 January 2021

The NYPD arrested five workers as the warehouse workers' strike extended to day 3.

999 Oregon set aside funds for black residents in pandemic relief bill

20 January 2021

Democrats promote “white privilege” fiction to block united working class response to fascist coup plot

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2021

The central premise of the racialist narrative—the existence and all-pervasive role of “white privilege”—is contradicted by the realities of American society.

Disney’s Soul in Denmark: New York Times disapproves of a white actor dubbing a black actor’s voice

By David Walsh, 20 January 2021

The Times is unceasing in its campaign to racialize every important aspect of life in the US and globally, encouraging divisions in the population along ethnic lines and facilitating the growth of the far right.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

19 January 2021

City of Detroit files lawsuit attacking protesters’ basic democratic rights

By Kevin Reed and Brady Leonard, 18 January 2021

The city has filed a counter lawsuit against a group of protesters who successfully argued in their own case that police officers used excessive force to crack down on demonstrations last year against police brutality.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

18 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

16 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

15 January 2021

999 Detroit countersuing Black Lives Matter protest org over protests

15 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

14 January 2021

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

Video shows Modesto, California police officer gunned down unarmed man with hands up

By Shawn Velia and John Andrews, 13 January 2021

A body camera recording released by the Modesto Police Department in California shows an unarmed man gunned down, and then shot a second time while trying to surrender with his hands raised.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

13 January 2021

Reject the racialist renaming of San Francisco public schools!

By Renae Cassimeda, 4 January 2021

The WSWS calls on workers and youth within SFUSD and beyond to fight against the racialist attacks against Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison and Washington in defense of historical truth and democratic rights.

Racialist campaign in Boston culminates in removal of statue of Lincoln and emancipated slave

By Jacob Crosse, 31 December 2020

This political atrocity is part of an ongoing racialist campaign spearheaded by the Democratic Party to promote divisions in the working class and deny the revolutionary history of the United States.

No federal charges in Cleveland police shooting of Tamir Rice

By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2020

The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that no federal charges would be brought against the Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014.

The New York Times scapegoats medical workers in the tragic death of Dr. Susan Moore

By Benjamin Mateus, 31 December 2020

The New York Times has used Dr. Moore’s tragic death to promote its racialist narrative of American society and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tribes: A short comedy film mocks identity politics

By Ed Hightower, 29 December 2020

“I want to tell this story to show that, in essence, we’re all part of the same tribe.”—Director Nino Aldi.

Second fatal policing shooting in Columbus, Ohio in less than a month sparks outrage

By Alex Findijs, 24 December 2020

Andre Hill was reportedly visiting a friend to deliver money for Christmas presents when the police arrived in response to a reported disturbance. Hill had barely stepped out of the garage when he was shot multiple times by an officer.

The Johns Hopkins slavery “scandal”

By Dominic Gustavo, 23 December 2020

The feigned outrage over “revelations” that Hopkins owned slaves serves to obscure the class issues that are the real irrepressible conflict in American society.

Crisis mounts in Chicago as Lightfoot admits lying and an official resigns following brutal police raid

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 December 2020

The resignation of Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner is part of a campaign to deflect attention away from the deeply entrenched lawlessness and violence that has been cultivated in the police through nearly a century of Democratic Party rule.

999 San Francisco schools propose to remove Lincoln from school name

19 December 2020

Chicago mayor Lightfoot sought to block release of video of wrongful police raid

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 December 2020

City lawyers tried to suppress a CBS newscast depicting the brutal and illegal 2019 night-time raid on the home of social worker Anjanette Young and are seeking to sanction the victim.

US teachers union “lefts” pen love letter to Biden

By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 16 December 2020

The central purpose of the letter is to congratulate Biden, endorse his plan to reopen schools amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, and lobby for him to appoint a Secretary of Education committed to racialist policies.

Family demands investigation after 23-year-old shot three times by police in Columbus, Ohio

By Katy Kinner, 9 December 2020

Casey Goodson, Jr. was killed by a sheriff’s deputy as he was returning home from a dentist appointment. His grandmother and two young children were standing near the door and witnessed the killing.

999 US academics/Gates argue for distributing vaccine based on race

5 December 2020

Introduction to The New York Times’ 1619 Project and the Racialist Falsification of History

By David North, 4 December 2020

This is the introduction by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a volume, available for delivery in January 2021, containing the main interviews and essays published by the WSWS exposing the New York Times’ racialist falsification of American history.

Biden names national security team of right-wing militarists

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2020

The roll-out of Biden’s first cabinet nominees shows the top priority of the incoming Democratic administration: building a US-led imperialist front against China and Russia

Trial 4: A shameless police frame-up in Boston

By Joanne Laurier, 24 November 2020

Trial 4 is an eight-episode documentary television series, currently streaming on Netflix that examines the case of Sean Ellis, a black teenager wrongly convicted of the 1993 murder of police officer John Mulligan.

California ballot propositions: Voters reject identity politics, but app-based delivery giants buy protection

By David Levine, 21 November 2020

There were contradictory results on November 3: voters rejected an effort to revive affirmative action programs that discriminate based on race, but they also rejected efforts to protect “gig” workers from exploitation, after a $200 million campaign by corporate giants like Uber and Lyft.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

20 November 2020

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

18 November 2020

Homicide investigation under way after weeks of police negligence in the death of black Louisiana teen

By Aaron Murch, 18 November 2020

Quawan Charles, 15, was found dead in a field days after police ignored his family’s please to report him missing.

The Crisis Elections: 1860 & 2020

15 November 2020

An online meeting with historians James Oakes, Richard Carwardine and Tom Mackaman. Moderated by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North.

Lincoln, the Dakota 38 and the racialist falsification of history

By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020

The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

By John Conrad, 7 November 2020

The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.

Breonna Taylor’s mother demands an independent investigation into police killing after exposure of grand jury whitewash

By Steve Filips, 5 November 2020

Tamika Palmer is demanding a new investigation after three jurors revealed that Republican Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron did not follow procedure and present the possibility of six homicide charges against the officers who killed Taylor.

Protests erupt in Vancouver, Washington after police murder of 21-year-old Kevin Peterson, Jr.

By David Fitzgerald, 4 November 2020

The anti-police violence protests just north of Portland, Oregon became the target of far-right forces, including Patriot Prayer.

999 Breonna Taylor's family demands independent investigation after exposure of grand jury whitewash

3 November 2020

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

National Guard sent to suppress protests over police murder in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 28 October 2020

The horrific shooting of 27-year-old William Wallace Jr. in front of his mother and brother ignited protests in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

Factional warfare erupts in New York Times over the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 15 October 2020

Following the publication of a highly critical essay by a New York Times columnist, the public statements issued by the publisher and leading editors reflect tensions provoked by the exposure of the 1619 Project’s falsification of history.

120 Pulling down of Lincoln in Portland

14 October 2020

Wisconsin police conduct mass arrest of protesters, journalists after announcement of no charges against killer cop

By Jacob Crosse, 10 October 2020

Relatively small protests in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, have been met with the deployment of the National Guard and overwhelming unconstitutional police violence.

Free State of Jones available again on Netflix

By Joanne Laurier, 5 October 2020

This important film from 2016 is now available again on Netflix. It is a rebuke to the racialist politics of the New York Times and the Democratic Party and to the 1619 Project in particular.

New York Times echoes Trump’s attacks on “violent anarchists”

By Jacob Crosse, 3 October 2020

Times editorial board member Farah Stockman attacks supposed anarchists from the standpoint of the privileged African American upper middle class.

Judge orders release of recordings in Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings

By Kevin Reed, 30 September 2020

The Kentucky Attorney General's exoneration of the police officers who shot Taylor is being exposed as part of a cover-up that began when she was killed in her apartment on March 13.

After the exoneration of Breonna Taylor’s killers: The way forward in the fight against police violence

By Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2020

The ubiquity of police violence in the US, with approximately 1,000 people killed every year, is bound up with the extreme growth of social inequality and class tensions.

Protests erupt over whitewash of police murder of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky

By Niles Niemuth, 24 September 2020

Neither of the two officers who fired the fusillade of 22 bullets that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, Kentucky home were charged by the grand jury convened by state authorities.

Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020

Federal police agencies have been requested by U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to provide protection for the courthouse and three other buildings in downtown Louisville in anticipation of protests this week.

The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 22 September 2020

The Times has abandoned, without any public announcement or explanation, the central thesis that 1619, not 1776, was the “true founding” of the United States.

Book Review

Wilmington’s Lie: The 1898 white supremacist coup in North Carolina

David Zucchino, Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages

By Fred Mazelis, 17 September 2020

The racist massacre in Wilmington was a major turning point in the entrenchment of Jim Crow segregation throughout the South.

Los Angeles Sheriff threatens violence, reporter arrested after shooting of deputies

By John Andrews, 15 September 2020

After the shooting of two deputy sheriffs by an unknown gunman in Compton, California, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva threatened anti-police violence protesters and deputies roughed up and arrested a local reporter.

Working-class resistance mounts to back-to-work campaign

By Jerry White, 15 September 2020

On Monday, nearly 4,000 service workers at the University of Illinois walked out, joining strikes by 800 nurses at a UI hospital in Chicago and nearly 2,000 grad student instructors at the University of Michigan.

240 UM-Dearborn planned to host race based discussions

15 September 2020

Beyoncé’s Black is King: A self-absorbed ode to “blackness”

By Nick Barrickman, 14 September 2020

The US singer-songwriter’s musical film and visual album seeks to focus its lens on the African continent and its diaspora, with decidedly limited effects.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plan for racial and gender criteria: A right-wing attack on artistic freedom

By David Walsh, 11 September 2020

The actions reveal that the affluent layer in charge in Hollywood is either indifferent or hostile to the process by which art is created, and determined to pursue its selfish, grasping political and economic agenda.

Student paper defends plan for segregated living spaces at New York University

By Niles Niemuth, 2 September 2020

Responding to the outpouring of public opposition triggered by the WSWS’s exposure of plans for separate housing for black students, the Washington Square News published a defense of the initiative Monday.

Boycott by professional athletes expands in second day of protests against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 28 August 2020

The boycott among professional athletes expanded on Thursday in response to the brutal police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Far-right militia member arrested for fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 27 August 2020

Video posted on social media shows friendly interaction between Kenosha police and armed militia members just prior to the murderous assault on demonstrators.

Players shut down NBA playoffs in protest over Jacob Blake shooting

By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2020

The refusal of the Milwaukee Bucks to take the court for their Wednesday playoff game forced professional basketball to postpone all of Wednesday’s games.

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 26 August 2020

The AP’s “fact-check” of the WSWS is a dishonest piece of hack journalism aimed at discrediting an accurate account of New York University’s plans to accept segregated student housing.

Seberg: The story of actress Jean Seberg racialized and trivialized

By James Brewer, 25 August 2020

Decisions made in the script distorted the film’s narrative before the highly capable cast ever got in front of the camera.

New York University moves to implement racial segregation in student dorms

By Karsten Schneider, 24 August 2020

Calls for race-based student housing stem not from a desire to improve the lives of all students and youth, but to advance the interests of a small layer of the population.

Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and white students

By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2020

The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.

The nomination of Kamala Harris and the right-wing logic of identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 20 August 2020

The Democrats hope that the endless celebration of the trite, empty symbolism of Harris’ candidacy will serve as a repeat of Barack Obama’s run for president in 2008.

The cancellation of professor Adolph Reed, Jr.’s speech and the DSA’s promotion of race politics

By Niles Niemuth, 18 August 2020

The effective ban on criticism of identity politics within the DSA and vicious denunciations of Marxism as “class reductionism” are in line with the Democratic Party’s broader goals of promoting racialist divisions.

The selection of Kamala Harris and the degradation of American politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 13 August 2020

There is something incredibly degrading and shameful about the whole process, testifying to the intellectual and cultural collapse of American politics.

US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.

New York Times calls for de facto racial quotas in classical music

By Fred Mazelis, 5 August 2020

Anthony Tommasini now opposes the use of blind auditions.

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020

The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.

999 Racialist attack on Portland protests

29 July 2020

The “Strike for Black Lives” protest stunt

By Tom Hall, 22 July 2020

The “strike” was a union-organized stunt endorsed by business, the corporate media and the Democratic Party to divert anger over police violence and unsafe working conditions along racial lines.

210 Bogus strike for black lives

21 July 2020

From Selma to the CIA

John Lewis, civil rights militant turned big-business politician, dies at 80

20 July 2020

The outpouring of tributes from reactionaries and war criminals demonstrates the class role that Lewis came to play, despite his youthful part in asserting the democratic rights of African Americans.

Michigan teen sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her homework

By Will McCalliss and Nancy Hanover, 18 July 2020

Amid the chaotic transition to online learning during the pandemic, a teenage girl has been taken into criminal custody for “failure to submit any schoolwork.”

Demands mount for racial quotas at elite US universities

By Jonathan Burleigh, 13 July 2020

There is nothing democratic or progressive about the mandating of quotas of different races at schools or workplaces.

Protests erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man

By Stephen Fuller, 11 July 2020

Tensions are high in the city after weeks of protests against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into protesters with their vehicles.

An interview with Ed Achorn, author of Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

By Shannon Jones, 10 July 2020

In a recent conversation with the WSWS, Achorn discussed his book on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and weighed in on efforts to slander the president who won the Civil War and destroyed slavery in the United States.

The campaign to smear novelist Charles Dickens as a racist

By David Walsh, 10 July 2020

Dickens was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and a world-historical literary and cultural figure. In the English language, he is perhaps second only to William Shakespeare in enduring significance and popularity.

The significance of the July 4 online discussion, “The Place of the Two American Revolutions: Past, Present and Future”

By David Walsh, 6 July 2020

The World Socialist Web Site marked the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five significant historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood.

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Today marks the 244th anniversary of the public proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, which established the United States of America. It is not only the direct political impact of the document, but, rather, the principles it proclaimed that determined its world historical stature.

Workers, young people denounce undemocratic efforts to keep Socialist Equality Party off the ballot in Michigan

By our reporters, 2 July 2020

Workers and youth voiced support for the SEP election campaign in the United States.

210 Announcement of July 4 event

1 July 2020

New York Times’ Charles Blow demands the removal of monuments to Washington and other “amoral monsters”

By Niles Niemuth, 1 July 2020

The Times’ latest assault on the American Revolution is part of the effort by the Democratic Party and its operatives to derail the popular multiracial protests against police violence in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

230 Poet in New York Times: "My Body is a Confederate monument" article

1 July 2020

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting, “White Power”

By Jacob Crosse, 29 June 2020

Seeking to bolster an administration in crisis by appealing to the most backward and reactionary elements in society, Trump left the video on his timeline for over three hours before deleting it.

999 Poet in New York Times: "My Body is a Confederate monument" article

29 June 2020

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

The justifiable demand for the removal of monuments to defenders of slavery and inequality has been unfairly accompanied by attacks against memorials to the men who led the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Amy Klobuchar ends bid to become Biden’s running mate in favor of a “woman of color”

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 June 2020

Neither Klobuchar nor the “women of color” being considered for vice president have anything to do with progressive politics.

The UAW’s Juneteenth stunt

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 June 2020

If the UAW has suddenly "discovered" its opposition to discrimination, it is only in order to use race in order to divert workers' anger along harmless, officially sanctioned forms of protests.

Voices of young protesters: Police violence, COVID-19 and the 2020 elections

By our reporters, 17 June 2020

The young people expressed concern over attacks on democratic rights, the acute economic distress facing youth, and imperialist war among other issues.

Police violence and class rule

By Niles Niemuth and Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2020

What is absent from all of the media commentary on police violence, let alone the statements from bourgeois politicians, is any examination of what the police are and their relationship to capitalist society.

Washington Post op-ed calls for news media to censor videos of police brutality

By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2020

ESPN journalist and University of Maryland Professor Kevin Blackistone has called for the removal of videos of police killings on the grounds that they “dehumanize” black men.