The Borotba movement of Ukraine and the Donbass republics expresses its solidarity with the popular uprising against racism and social oppression that is unfolding before our eyes in the United States.
Unrest swept the country after the sadistic murder of African American citizen George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, who strangled Floyd deliberately, demonstratively holding his hand in his pocket, to simultaneously demonstrate his power and humiliate his victim. The track record of this gentleman already includes a series of atrocities. Similar acts of racial violence and homicide have become commonplace among the U.S. police.
The “Grapes of Wrath” that we knew about from the books of John Steinbeck, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis are ripening before our eyes again.
U.S. capitalist monopolies have deprived some of their citizens of access to quality education, health care and safe, decent jobs. In fact, entire urban areas have been turned into ghettos whose residents suffer from poverty and lack of prospects, unable to get out, and condemning their children to the same fate. This leads to the endless reproduction of actual racial segregation, though formally and legally removed.
At the same time, precarization of jobs, inflation and the inaccessibility of basic needs are pushing the poorest sections of the working class into poverty. In the richest country in the world, the phenomenon of the “working poor” has become widespread. With the largest GDP in the world, the U.S. government is unable to solve the problems of poverty and inequality.
We welcome the broad mobilization of the working class, youth and students, migrant workers and anti-fascists.
The uprising against domestic police violence is also a symbol of the worldwide struggle against the role of the United States as a world policeman.
The movement is still spontaneous, but the class character of the upcoming battles is already clearly visible. The development of a clear revolutionary line, the introduction of class consciousness into the masses of rebels, is the task of all progressive forces in the U.S.
We are in solidarity with our comrades from Struggle-La Lucha and with all the fighters for the cause of socialism and progress.
Translation by Greg Butterfield