As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, the issue of violent and racist policing in the US continues to dominate the headlines.
By David Elliott, Socialist Party
Last August, mass protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri after the police murdered a young black man, Micheal Brown. Since then thousands of people across the US have rallied against police violence and the racist targeting of minorites. They have marched behind the slogan #BlackLivesMatter. Countless police killings have been forced into the mainstream media.
Young black men in the US are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than white men. Eric Garner is another who was killed by a police officer. His choking was caught on camera, and yet as with Micheal Brown, a grand jury has refused to indict Garner’s killer.
The same kind of racist violence occurs in Australia, with Indigenous people facing poverty, high incarceration rates and increasing rates of deaths in police custody. Racism is a part of capitalism, not a unique feature of any one country.
A new movement against racism is growing in the US. It must fight for full independant investigations into these deaths by working people themselves – not by the compromised capitalist justice system.