Thursday, June 23, 2016
A Modern Day Dred Scott Decision for a Modern Day Lynching
The judge’s not guilty verdict on all charges in the case of
officer Goodson comes down to the authorities sending a message that their
police can do any damn thing that they want, especially to Black people, and
they won’t be punished for it. It is a
modern-day Dred Scott Decision, conveying that Black people have no rights that
this system’s police are bound to respect, issued after the modern-day lynching
of Freddie Gray.
Freddie was perfectly healthy when he encountered those police. But after they chased him, beat him down, tortured and arrested him for nothing, threw him in the van bent up like a pretzel and screaming in pain, and then rode him around the city for 45 minutes when it would have taken only 2 minutes to get him to the police station, Freddie had suffered a fatal injury. Now the courts are finding the cops “not guilty” on the installment plan, one by one.
Bob Avakian has said the role of the police is not to protect and serve the people, but to protect and serve the system that rules over the people. And I challenge anyone to tell me why that statement doesn’t capture the reality, the reality of a system that has ruled again and again in cases where police have brutalized and murdered people that the police have committed to crime.
What is criminal is this system, and its whole justice system. It needs to be gotten rid of through revolution, nothing less. That’s what it’s going to take to stop the horror of police getting away with murder, and all the other horrors this system brings down. We in the Revolutionary Communist Party are organizing right now for an actual revolution at the soonest possible time. Anybody who hates the horror of seeing police getting away with murder again and again needs to get with this revolution and get with this leader Bob Avakian (BA).
And everyone needs to look at this exoneration of another killer cop, and answer the question: “which side are you on?” Are you on the side of saying it’s all right for the system to give police license to instill terror, that it’s alright for the police to get away with brutalizing and murdering people, especially in Black and Latino communities? Or are you on the side that sees this is unjust and illegitimate? If you’re on that side, you can’t just say you’re on that side, you’ve got to act like you’re on that side, and you’ve got to join the fight to stop it.