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In the latest in our series of blogposts which aim to critically analyse the Brexit vote and it's implications, James Gough, Senior Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, examines what the racism and xenophobia of parts of the British working class means for contemporary left strategy.
The economic consequences of Brexit are dire. But for the left a far more serious problem thrown up by the referendum and the vote to Leave is what it shows about longstanding working class consciousness regarding ‘immigrants’, and how the Leave campaign has shifted working class opinion further to the right. For left strategy this should be the crucial concern. This aspect of Brexit is therefore what I focus on in this note.
In April, Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, spoke in Chicago about why police violence has returned to the center of anti-racist activism. The text of her talk, below, was first published in Socialist Worker.
Protests on I-94 in Minneapolis following the killing of Philando Castile. Via Unicorn Riot.
Why the issue of police brutality?
Police violence against Black people is not new. In 1951, a multiracial contingent of activists in the Civil Rights Congress raised the slogan "We charge genocide" to characterize the depth and consequences of police murder and the silent complicity of the state. The preamble of their petition read, in part:
Race is not an element of human biology (like breathing oxygen or reproducing sexually); nor is it even an idea (like the speed of light or the value of) that can be plausibly imagined to live an eternal life of its own. Race is not an idea but an ideology. It came into existence at a discernible historical moment for rationally understandable historical reasons and is subject to change for similar reasons.