Notes from the Editors, September 2016
Keywords:Race, Democracy, Movements, Inequality
AbstractThe Ethicals Dimensions of Marxist Thought remains in print) issued a historic statement in the Guardian, under the headline "Obama Has Failed Victims of Racism and Police Brutality." West wrote:
A long and deep legacy of white supremacy has always arrested the development of US democracy. We either hit it head on, or it comes back to haunt us…. I have deep empathy for brothers and sisters who are shot in the police force. I also have profound empathy for people of color who are shot by the police. I have always believed deliberate killing to be a crime against humanity. Yet, Obama didn't go to Baton Rouge. He didn't go to Minneapolis. He flew over their heads to go to Dallas. You can't do that. His fundamental concern was to speak to the police, that was his priority. When he references the Black Lives Matter movement, it's to speak to the police. But the people who are struggling have a different perspective….