US Politics are the Politics of the Civil War
All US politics are a continuation of the politics of the Civil War. This means all US politics are about the fight for/against Black liberation. Abolitionists and Confederates.
The South started the war fully aware that slavery was at stake.
The North initially tried to avoid the “divisive” issue of slavery since it might “muddy the waters” for their side.
But only when the North embraced the war as a war to end slavery, only when it embraced the slaves that wanted to join the fight, was it able to rally and win.
In other words, winning the class war embodied in the Civil War, required the honest acknowledgment that slavery was at the root of the fight. This acknowledgment turned the Civil War into a crusade worth mobilizing for, worth sacrificing for, worth fighting for. In the process, it connected the Northern military with the mass movement of the slaves and abolitionists that had been active since before open war began, giving the army the boost it needed.
This tension exists in US politics today. The desire to avoid discussions of racism and Black liberation on the Center and Left, coupled with explicit racism on the Right.
The fight for socialism only succeeds when we acknowledge that the primary way that the working class is divided against itself is through racism. In order to unify the US working class, we can’t gloss over racism and state violence. The working class has to be confronted with it and challenged to unlearn racism while learning solidarity.
To understand that the racism that justifies the largest prison system in the world is the racism that prevents a nationalized medical system.
To understand that the racism that justifies the most militarized police in the world is the racism that prevents the formation of free, universal education from kindergarten to grad school.
To understand that the racism that builds walls along our borders prevents us from tearing down the walls in our workplaces that would allow us to unionize the nation.
To understand that when Democrats spit “soft” racism, Republicans openly vomit naked racism, and socialists try to avoid both by focusing on “unity”, then it prevents the working class from building a party of its own.
Otherwise, “solidarity” is just a word. A word to paper-over unchallenged racism, the same way many of today’s socialists sing “Solidarity Forever” without realizing it is a rendition of the anti-slavery song “John Brown’s Body”.
Below the surface of all contemporary US politics, you’ll find abolitionism. What we need in 2022, especially on Juneteenth, is to acknowledge this and organize accordingly.