Whereas riots are often galvanizing community events with the potential to unleash concerted political energy in dynamic and unpredictable directions, the stale politics of respectability only leads to further marginalization and dislocation. Now, it’s possible to disagree with the utility of insurrection. But these communities’ responses to subjugation must be discussed in political terms and not simply dismissed out of hand.
That’s because it is a war. A sometimes open, sometimes hidden war between the police, the state, and the ruling elite against poor people, people of color, and working people. The real problem is that it is a one-sided war — a one-sided class war — with their side massacring us.
We need to better organize our side in order to fight back and win; to end this war and all wars and create a society in which the free development of each is the prerequisite for the free development of all — a democratic socialist society premised upon people’s empowerment, equality, and the emancipation of all from all forms of economic, social, and political oppression.
UPDATE- Riot police deployed smoke bombs and tear gas in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri tonight after crowds reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at