The evolving situation in Ferguson is one of the clearest examples of the brutal repression that people face when confronting genocidal state violence in their communities.
The people, rightfully outraged by the murder of Michael Brown (an unarmed Black teenager) at the hands of the police, poured out into the street in protest. Refusing to submit to the terrorism of the white supremacist state and its police, the brave people of Ferguson took to the streets to defend their community and fight the white supremacist state.
In response – and afraid of the collective anger of the people of Ferguson – the state sent their militarized police force of armored cars, SWAT teams, and K-9 units to contain the demonstrations. Through the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, threats of violence, a no fly zone and an outright militarized occupation of whole neighborhoods, the police seek to silence any and all resistance to their genocidal rule. Police have even begun arresting journalists, exposing their intention to carry out genocide in the dark.
Why are police responding so violently to the rightful expression of anger by the people of Ferguson? Precisely because they are the agents of the state, the instrument for the rule of the white supremacist, capitalist ruling class. With their resistance, the people of Ferguson are unmasking the police as the armed thugs of the state, and highlighting the contradictions between the oppressed masses (composed in large measure of oppressed nationalities) and the white supremacist state that has no interest for their life and safety.
The state is an instrument of class oppression, and the police, as the armed wing of the state, must enforce class rule with brutality. In a white supremacist state such as the United States, the police must also enforce white supremacy through the policing and criminalization of communities of color. Lack of resources in our schools guarantee that we don’t have the quality education we need to succeed. Police in our schools and communities guarantee that those disenfranchised by the education system can have a new home inside a prison cell. Even Michael, a college bound young man, was not safe from a system that wants to keep him and his community submissive under brutal white supremacist rule.
The same brutality faced by the people of Ferguson today is the same violence currently felt by the Palestinian people in their fight against the settler colonial Israeli state. It is the same violence lived by Black and Brown people in the New York when confronting the trigger-happy NYPD. It is the same violence that enslaves, occupies, and exploits the working class in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It is the same violence that took lives of Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham, Amadou Diallo, and countless others sisters and brothers who are no longer with us while their murderers walk the streets free.
Therefore, we extend our full support to the people of Ferguson in their fight of resistance against state aggression. We condemn the brutal and murderous response of the state to the just anger of the people.
The people will fight back because only when we, through self-determination and organization, seize control of our own communities there will be more Mike Browns. No one should condemn the people for resisting because as long as there is a white supremacist force occupying our communities, peace is never an option.