The Democratic Socialists of America condemn the murder of George Floyd

Statement from the Democratic Socialists of America:

DSA condemns the public execution of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police

We, the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, condemn the public execution of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. His murder falls into the deeply entrenched pattern of violence, anti-Blackness, and oppression upheld by policing in this country. There is no justification for it, only contempt for the institution that would force George Floyd to gasp Eric Garner’s words, “I can’t breathe,” six years later. This is white supremacy. We refuse to euphemize it by calling it “hate” or “fear:” we will aim to give justice to those who’ve been brutalized by police by naming white supremacy so we can eradicate it.

Racist police violence is not incidental to the capitalist system, it is necessary to maintain its operation. We recognize that as we fight for a better world, it will be the police who threaten our protests, the police who will break up our picket lines, the police who selectively wield their monopoly on violence against Black people and working-class people to protect those with power and privilege. And this moment offers no respite, no opportunity for people to catch their breath as the pandemic continues to decimate Black and brown communities due to the willful inaction of politicians. The disproportionate deaths from COVID-19 are revealing once again how deep racism runs in our society. While the virus is not racist, the system we live in is, and Black people bear the brunt of the crisis.

We firmly believe strong and well-resourced communities do not require repression, and by extension, repressive institutions to keep peace when there is justice. We call on Minneapolis Mayor Frey to stop all state-sanctioned violence and call off the SWAT, the state patrol, the National Guard. We stand with and share the rage of all those who are making themselves heard on the streets after years of being suffocated by policing and poverty, after years of being looted by corporations, landlords, and billionaires.

We will fight for a world where Black people can breathe freely and challenge ourselves to take greater responsibility for abolition, and the courage to pursue a just and liberated future.

For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For Ahmaud Arbery. For Philando Castile.

For Eric Garner.

If you’d like to show financial support to groups on the ground:

Minnesota Freedom Fund , Black Visions CollectiveReclaim Our BlockCTUL 

You can also donate to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund here.

  • Some interesting stuff on this, and Trump’s response, from Coatesy, here.

7 thoughts on “The Democratic Socialists of America condemn the murder of George Floyd

  1. I believe the man was a previous convicted criminal . If a white cop kills a black man then it is racist. If a black cop kills a white man it is revenge. The mob on the street were no doubt happy to have an excuse to loot some store and get an up to date video recorder or electrical appliance as well as ruining a hard working persons business.

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    1. An up to date video recorder!?
      Shit I thought I was an out of touch old git.
      Give it up, you really have nothing worthwhile left to contribute.

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  2. And you seem very comfortable with extra-judicial killing. The death penalty for passing a counterfeit note and the copper judge, jury, executioner.

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      1. So that would be the death penalty for people who disagree with you. Of course there’s a tradition of that on the far right and the far left isn’t there.

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