“A System Cannot Fail Those Who It Was Never Designed to Protect.” — W.E.B. Dubois
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
The outcome of the so-called grand jury in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of 18-year-old Mike Brown, should not have come as a surprise to anyone. It certainly wasn’t a surprise to those living in Ferguson, who already knew that the fix was in.
From the beginning, it was clear that none of the local or state officials, from Governor Jay Nixon to County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to Mayor James Knowles and Chief Thomas Jackson, wanted to see Wilson face a trial in the August 9 shooting. They would have preferred to see those residents who were angry over Brown’s death quietly and forcefully swept off the streets. Indeed, that was the original plan — to drive the African American community off the streets and back into their homes through the use of their armed enforcers of “law and order.”
The events in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, just north of St. Louis, have become a watershed event in modern American politics and social relations. The cold-blooded murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 provoked not only massive outrage across the country, but also provided an object lesson in how the exploiting and oppressing classes choose to respond to people’s natural revulsion at the utter barbarity of capitalism in its period of decay and disintegration.
Rabid Ruling Classes Tell Bankrupt Detroit’s Working Poor to Drop Dead
As we go to press, escalating protests against the wave of mass water shutoffs have resulted in a 15-day moratorium on shutoffs, beginning on July 21. Rumors also abound that control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will be taken out of the hands of appointed dictator Kevyn Orr and transferred back to the city. Check future issues of the Worker-Communist for the latest updates.
DETROIT, July 7 — In the year since the city of Detroit was forced into bankruptcy by the exploiting and oppressing classes, and placed under the control of “Emergency Manager” dictator Kevyn Orr by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, poor and working people have been under relentless attack in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”