Britain: Defend Migrants and Ethnic Minorities from Racist and Fascist Attacks

Reject Attacks by Press Columnists on Migrants and the Oppressed.

By Laurence Humphries, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 27.5.2015, www.thecommunists.net

Kate Hopkins, who occasionally writes for the Sun, has published racist statements about the recent tragedy of migrants who died in the Mediterranean, statements which are even reminiscent of some made by the Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels during the 1930’s.

In quotes from the Sun and other media sources it was reported “She doesn’t care if Immigrants die as she reveals her violent solution for Immigration”. [1] She also referred to immigrants as “cockroaches” [2] also saying: “I don’t care show me pictures of coffins, show me the bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad.“ [3]

The press regulator IPSO rejected hundreds of complaints from readers and others who were appalled at Hopkins’s statement. [4] Even spokespersons of official bourgeois institutions like the United Nations Human Rights chief has also denounced the Sun over Hopkins’s statements. Without having any illusions regarding the real, imperialist motives of the UN and their inhuman policy, this denouncement shows how difficult it is for the more clever parts of the ruling class not to complain about the open spoken words of Hopkins. [5]

The UN Human rights chief has attacked the Sun Newspaper for publishing an article by columnist Katie Hopkins branding her use of the word “Cockroaches to describe migrants as reminiscent of anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda”. [6]

The capitalist state fully supports the sentiments of Hopkins as does the owner of the Sun, Rupert Murdoch. They are just not as forthright and stupid as Hopkins is. The role of imperialism and its race hatred is well documented. Britain has a Race Relations Act but no prosecutions against possible infringers. The role of the press regulator shows that these organisations do not really defend migrant and colonial peoples. Hopkins’s column in the Sun demonstrates how the crises of capitalism and imperialism are made manifest in the extreme hatred expressed against migrants and members from ethnic communities.

The RCIT rejects these racist statements by Hopkins and calls upon the Labour movement to build a concerted campaign against the racist and fascist attacks upon migrants.

The RCIT calls for:

* For full citizenship rights and the abolition of all special laws for all migrants!

* Fight Islamaphobia. For the right to freely practice religion!

* Migrants are often under racist attacks, therefore we say: For the formation of joint self defence units of workers, migrants, and youth to defend migrants from such attacks.

* Join the RCIT! Become active in building a Pre-Revolutionary Organisation in Britain as part of the Fifth International, an international, revolutionary workers party.

NOTES

(1) Fay Strang: Katie Hopkins says she doesn’t care if Migrants die as she reveals her violent solution for immigration, Daily Mirror, 17.4.2015, http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/katie-hopkins-says-doesnt-care-5534471

(2) Katie Hopkins: Rescue Boats? I’d use gunships to stop illegal Migrants, Make no mistake these migrants are like Cockroaches, The Sun, 17.4.2015, http://www.sunnation.co.uk/hopkins-rescue-boats-id-use-gunships-to-stop-illegal-migrants/

(3) ibid

(4) Jasper Jackson: IPSO rejects complaints Katie Hopkins Migrant Column was discriminatory, The Guardian, 1.5.2015, http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/01/ipso-rejects-complaints-katie-hopkins-migrants-column-sun

(5) Sam Jones: UN Human Rights Chief denounces Sun over Katie Hopkins ‘Cockroach’ column, 24.4.2015, http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/apr/24/katie-hopkins-cockroach-migrants-denounced-united-nations-human-rights-commissioner

(6) ibid

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. 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