Police Terrorism Against African Americans and Latinos Must End- Statement by Latin American Movements Towards the ALBA

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So far this year, 125 young African Americans and Latinos have been murdered by the North American police. A research conducted in 2013 by the Malcolm X Grassroots organization concluded that the US police kills a black unarmed man every 28 hours. These tragedies, that happen every day in our communities, and that used to be invisible or ignored by the general public, are now being discussed in the country and worldwide.

Unfortunately, despite the issue being under the national and international spotlight, the families of the victims still have to mourn their loved ones three times as much: once when they are killed by the police, once more when mass media begin to justify these killings, and once again when the case goes through the judicial system, which allows the murderers to walk free.

This repression will go on until the sickness of capitalism is eradicated. This sickness causes the symptom of state violence, which includes police brutality. Historically, police departments were created to serve and protect private property and the elites, and to control and repress the working class, especially African Americans, indigenous peoples and Latinos. The US have been historically and profoundly divided by racial issues. Proof of this are the almost fruitless dialogues that social and political leaders —Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, President Obama, the Ferguson leaders…— have pursued with the government authorities in an attempt to guarantee respect for black lives.

The latest killings have met a fed up population, and multitudes have taken to the streets in many large US cities to march and protest behind a slogan that should be obvious: Black and Latino lives matter. They are worth something. President Obama gave his usual speech where he tries to “remind” his citizens and the rest of the world that these events do not “represent” the US, and the self-appointed leaders of the black community such as Al Sharpton have expressed their support towards the families of the victims. More of the same!

Clearly, to achieve different results need to take a different course of action. We can no longer continue having discussions about reforms or dialogue to improve relations with a system that has been created to destroy us. We need to fight to build and implement the necessary changes to ensure the protection of the lives of African Americans and Latinos. We need to deepen our analysis and strengthen our strategy, understanding that these repressive methods are not unique to the US, because the US has also exported these repressive practices to the rest of the world. Our struggle unfolds at a local, national and global level, in solidarity with the black working classes of the world, and against capitalism, racism and the military industrial complex. We reaffirm that black lives matter, and at the same times we say that capitalism kills. We are in favor of full lives and development of our communities in the US and around the world.

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