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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - Break the racist mechanics (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Aug 2019 08:32:20 +0300

The fight against racism is an essential issue for all those who fight for equality. It is of particular importance to enable solidarity among all those exploited in the face of the state and employers. ---- Demonstration of the families of police victims, March 19, 2017, in Paris. ---- Vincent Nakash / UCL Saint-Denis ---- Whether it takes the form of hate speech or discrimination, whether it is conveyed by the state, the bourgeoisie or the proletariat, racism is a multiform system of domination that creates divisions within populations between a majority group and oppressed minority groups, based on an origin, physical or cultural criteria to which stereotypes are attached.
A product of nationalism and colonialism
European states, in their desire to standardize controlled territories and centralize power, have politically and artificially constructed a "national body" around an identity defined as "white and Christian" from a truncated history - what is called the "national novel" - excluding and oppressing minorities who do not meet these criteria.

Yesterday as today, the minorities living inside the territory and excluded from this "national body" undergo the racist domination. It is in this context that anti-Semitism and rhomophobia have developed in Europe, with Jews, Jews and Roma being defined as the anti-national, racist figure, designated as external to the "national body".

In parallel, the American colonization, then, from the XIX thcentury, the expansion of colonial imperialism to the entire non-Western world, were based on a racist definition of non-European peoples. To justify their enslavement, and the grabbing of the territories they inhabit and their wealth, the colonized peoples were designated as inferior in order to authorize the massive recourse to slavery, deportation and forced labor for millions of millions. 'people.

Racism against the descendants of colonized peoples, in France and other countries that participated in colonization, is also an extension of this story. Islamophobia, understood as a racism affecting Muslims or considered as such, is also born of these two dynamics.

A bulwark for the possessing classes
Periods of economic crisis and social regressions are conducive to the reinforcement of racism. The political powers and the bourgeoisie can then rely on racism to divide those who have an interest in uniting to counter the devastating effects of capitalism.

Designating scapegoats as responsible for unemployment, precariousness and misery, allows the bourgeoisie to divert the lower classes from the demands of economic and social equality. Border closure policies put in place by the state, laws aimed at stigmatizing a part of the population or the concrete practices of political institutions (police, justice, schools, etc.) tend to participate in France in the implementation of of state racism.

Anti-Semitism, for its part, protects the national bourgeoisie from popular anger by designating Jews and Jews as dominant pseudo-classes by mobilizing racist stereotypes around the so-called domination of "Jewish finance". Antisocial policies are thus presented as the result of a "conspiracy" and not for what they are: the effects of capitalism.

For the self-organization of the fight
The fight against racism is an essential issue for all those who fight for equality. It is particularly important in the class struggle to allow solidarity among all the exploited against the state and employers. Thus, our solidarity goes first and foremost to the movements which, to the anti-racist struggles, associate a democratic project of social emancipation by relying on the action of the popular classes.

The representations constructed by the colonial Republic are maintained and allow the racist hierarchy to continue to practice. In the territories still occupied by France, colonialism continues to be a deep vector of racism.

It is also up to us to fight against racism within our organization with all the tools at our fingertips.

The revolutionary movement must take into account the transformations of the system of racist domination, with a progressive marginalization of "biological" racism in favor of "cultural" racism . This is at work with a very real contemporary anti-Semitism where stigmatization, violence against people considered Jewish spawn with conspiracy.

This has also led to the success of the "clash of civilizations" theory, of which Islamophobic violence and discrimination in almost all Western countries is one of the main consequences. Denying the reality of this Islamophobia, some and some instrumentalize the necessary criticism of religions to, in reality, disseminate racist speech. On the contrary, we must defend a clear, lucid anti-racism based on an analysis of social reality free from fantasies and essentialisms.

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