Blacks, revolutionary rage, and a new socialist society…

The expression of rage in the protests over George Floyd expressed at first a kind of despair and pointed to a sense that the current system is beyond repair. Despite a certain transient empathy in the news media and politic rhetoric department it is doubtful if the question can resolve in the capitalist legacy. Blacks however have little in the way of leadership and such as it is it is in overlap with a black bourgeoisie that is now part of the overall system, sports, hollywood, the media. Black sports stars making multimillions a year are not leadership. They are well unionized, great.

One thing is sure, nothing is going to change. Fifty years after Martin Luther King we got a racist in the white house. What do you expect in another fifty years? Only a revolutionary social transformation could do anything here. This moment is slightly different: a social system is coming to the end of the line, and beside that sense of despair is a potent force. Social leadership is desperate and a phase of black rage is a small price to pay if it can deflect attention from the real problem of capitalist domination. The powers that be wouldn’t allow this kind of media venting of the last week if it didn’t serve their interests…

At that point it is worth asking if ‘socialist’ projections are adequate as a response. The mood of these protests is not radical at this point, but that mood is already moving. It is clear we need a new socialist platform that can also take up the issues in a multiplicity of movements. Most of the left remains crippled by the bolshevik legacy but a new reformulation can start over and in the process adopt a balanced set of allied movements. Our idea of working class, universal class allows a kind of ‘set theory’ generalized perspective on the relations of all possible groups, subsets, and their reifications. Clearly in the US a socialist (or neo-communist) transformation could make dealing with racism (and gender) central next to the economic issue of how to survive into postcapitalism. Many in the sphere of black bourgoisie leadership will try to stop a socialist transition (and did so already in the sinking of Sanders), but the movement seen in the streets in the last few days shows already a new gestating unity beyond the racist capitalism that is dominant, controls the media and is regulating the spigot of fine words in all parties, black and white.
Blacks may not realize they are triggering a kind of revolution and at that point a tidal wave of multiracial groups and issues are going to confront an economic catastrophe cast in pandemic horror show with climate catastrophe rising to grasp your attention, whatever is left of social attention span in this media monstrosity…

https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/white-supremacy-groups-are-hoping-to-leverage-george-floyds-death-into-their-longed-for-race-war/

Instead of calls for things to simply calm down and “go back to normal,” said New York Congresswoman, “let’s create a new world—one where all people are held to the same standard of the rule of law.”

Source: ‘If You Want to End Unrest, End the Conditions That Create It,’ Declares Ocasio-Cortez Amid Nationwide Protest | Common Dreams News