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.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
22 June 2016
Carl Dix in Baltimore: “Take to the Streets if Police Officer Goodson is Let Off, or Given a Slap on the Wrist in Death of Freddie Gray”
What: #JusticeforFreddieGray rally
When: 10:00 am Thursday June 23
Where: 100 Calvert Street @ Lexington Street, Baltimore MD
Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, in Baltimore today, called for “powerful outpourings of protest, in Baltimore and all across the country,” if Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the death of Freddie Gray last year, is not found guilty by the judge Thursday.
Dix said Monday’s closing arguments in the trial of Goodson, the cop prosecutors originally charged with giving the “rough ride” to Freddie Gray, “amounted to more grease on the skids that would lead to letting this killer cop slide out of court free, or at most end up with a slap on the wrist for conviction on a minor charge.”
Dix warned, “This amounts to the system declaring that its police can brutalize and murder Black people and get off without any punishment; that Black people have no rights that the police are bound to respect.”
He joined others speaking out to stop murder by police, called on people to gather at the court:
Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network with Dr. Cornel West.
Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, murdered by Baltimore police on July 18, 2013
Qiara Butler, cousin of Tyrone West
Rev. Carl David Olson, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Tariq Touré, Baltimore Muslim essayist, poet and educator
Wayne AmonRa, outspoken voice in West Baltimore with radio show on WOLB-FM
Bonnie Lane, Baltimore Green Party organizer and advocate for the homeless
Facebook Event for Baltimore
Protests are also planned in New York City & Seattle.