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American Institutions Will Not Help You! How Systematic Racism will aid Trump and President Banon as opposed to Fighting for the Undocumented

American Institutions Will Not Help You! How Systematic Racism will aid Trump and President Banon as opposed to Fighting for the Undocumented


By Desmond Abrams

Crime, as far as the American Judicial system is concerned, is an action or lack of action that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.  In other words, crime is a term that describes whatever action (or in the case of conspiracy, thought) that the government has arbitrarily determined to be an offense. At one time our government outlawed alcohol, at another time domestic abuse was lawful, segregating the restrooms and drinking fountains based on race was totally acceptable, and the list of laws and how one would break them or adhere to them constantly shifts and moves. I say this thinking about the latest law and the new “criminal” class is at his displaced; our undocumented community as well as those here on visa or other pathway programs for new Americans. To understand just how at risk this population is now, all you would have to do is look at the shared experiences of other marginalized or criminalized group the American Judicial system often railroads. When the state makes all the laws, enforces the laws; and meets out the punishment from “fines and/or imprisonment” all the way to “execution by chair or lethal injection”, that state will not protect you from Trump or any other mouthpiece.

In almost every case the American legal system first and foremost serves to protect power and wealth. Working class immigrants, like labor activist Jose Coyote Perez who has been “detained” or kidnapped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) right here in upstate NY, are victims of a classist/racist system. This is a system that is working, just not for the people. If only Jose was a wealthy “immigrant investor” he could get a EB-5 visa just like that. Instead our brother after years of service to his community as a voice for undocumented people and low wage workers is still in Batavia Detention center per the CNY-Solidarity’s latest update on Jose on Feb. 27th.

The raids and deportations have only become more seemingly brutal and senseless in nature because of the rhetoric that the police state is using as the moment through Trump. However, the police state deported roughly 2.5 million people since 2009. Trump has only been in the office he stole under the American people for a few days over a month now. Abuses from ICE and Custom and Border Patrol (CPB) have been common since its creation in 2002. Civil Rights abuses like not receiving a fair hearing once detained is commonplace. Human Rights abuses have been reported since 2003; per the American Immigration Council at least 165 people have “died in detention”. Those are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and partners being killed by the United States. That is how the system is intended to work; against working class people who often must make a choice between food or medicine, while tediously working for the wealthy who can afford to buy both a politican and stock in private prisions/detention facilities.

Now I don’t write this to say that all is lost. It is, if you put your faith in the American institutions themselves to stop the abuses against people like Jose Coyote Perez. However, it’s people like Jose Perez, who would tell you the only way change happens is when we are organized. Organized and ready for a fight, because when we fight we win. We should be standing together, citizens and undocumented people, Muslims and Atheist, you and I as working people. Just keep it quiet until we’re ready to go on what folks in my community call “go”. Who knows what America will call a crime tomorrow?

You don’t fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We’re not gonna fight capitalism with Black capitalism. We’re gonna fight capitalism with socialism. Socialism is the people. If you’re afraid of socialism, you’re afraid of yourself. -Fred Hampton



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