On June 17, nine Black people were killed in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The person responsible was a 21 year old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof. In a photo, he was seen wearing an Apartheid South African flag and the flag of the white supremacist Rhodesian state.
Every 28 hours a Black person is being killed in the United States by state and local pigs. Yet, the white supremacist bourgeois media automatically labeled the shooter as a person who was “mentally ill,” “emotionally disturbed,” everything and anything else, while avoiding calling him what he truly was: a terrorist of the United States.
On August 9 2014, Michael Brown, an innocent Black youth was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. Video evidence showed Brown had his hands up, while the racist pig shot him multiple times. The white supremacist media quickly started to assassinate Mike Brown’s character, with many headlines reading “Thug youth killed,” and “Thug smoked weed and rapped.”
There was a nation-wide outcry highlighting the fact that Black people have been targeted by the United States since its inception, and systematically have kept young Blacks enslaved using the corrupt courts and the prison system. The shooting in Charleston is no different than the burning of Black churches in the South during Jim Crow, or the lynching of Black people by white mobs led by the Klan and other white supremacist groups.
The murders of Black people by the police and shooting in Charleston expose the white supremacist nature of US society. When people of oppressed nationalities stand up for injustice, we are called “thugs” and “rioters” but when a white person commits terrorist crimes, the media (as an ideological state apparatus designed to promote white supremacy) labels the terrorists as “mentally ill” or “emotionally disturbed.”
The state of war we live in cannot be boiled down to rights, ignorance, hate or metaphysical concepts, but political power. The terrorist was taken in alive unlike Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Aiyana Jones, or Jessica Hernandez. The terrorist will be protected by the law, most likely pleading for insanity.
We cannot fall back on liberal rhetoric which claims that “Black Live Matter” when they clearly don’t. In a country where Black people are killed every 28 hours, murderous pigs walk away free without indictment, and white supremacist terrorism is hidden under the guise of mental illness, it is clear that if want our lives to matter, we have to make them matter.
We must call for an end to the white supremacist regime that murders our people with impunity, and build the basis to seize power.
Down with the white supremacist US state!
No safe space for white supremacy!
Fist up, fight back!