by James Patrick Jordan
(This piece was written for the Irish website LookLeft)
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while calling out, “I can’t breathe!” The next day, a popular uprising swept the country. It is impossible to give numbers and statistics to fully communicate the extent of this resistance. Protests are taking place coast to coast, in large cities, small towns, and rural areas—literally thousands of demonstrations, and the momentum continues….
Is this uprising a revolution? In some ways, yes. Any significant challenge to racism is a challenge to the foundations of the status quo of power in the U.S. But in terms of a complete turn around of this society, that is not what we are seeing. The underlying racism of the police, courts, and jails is being confronted. But the police, judges, and jailers serve and protect a broader systemic racism woven into the fabric of capitalism. For a movement to be truly revolutionary, it must truly take power away from the rulers and their henchmen, and put it in the hands of the people. And in the US, the movement must be anti-imperialist. Clearly, though, the seeds of revolution are present.