When government daily announcements about coronavirus deaths stressed the proportions who had ‘underlying health conditions’ this was a ‘dog-whistle’ to disability prejudice: to a language of division and an ethics of some lives mattering less than others.
This is not just a tragedy. It was a crime.
The President … challenged China on human rights. What about the human rights of George Floyd?
We are going to keep marching. We going to keep protesting.
‘Jude Woodward’s study of the development of US-China diplomacy predates the corona crisis but still provides many useful clues as to how this renewed period of tension in their relationship might play out in the months and years to come. ‘
What we are seeing today in microcosm is the rising up of the black struggle – objectively an anti-imperialist struggle – and a significant number of the American people coming over to its side.
The article reproduced here (first published in 2007) draws out the intimate connection between class struggle and the struggle for black rights.
Cuba and China’s cooperation is a powerful force in the fight against Covid19 and for numerous international struggles. Socialists in every country should therefore relate very positively to this powerful combined force for human progress.
International solidarity actions are a real source of moral support for those engaged in the US unfolding struggle.
The outcome of these events in the US will affect the entire situation in the world. Therefore it is vital to show solidarity with the people of the United States.