This week, Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb penned an exploratory piece for People’s World about the situation in Detroit. “Detroit: Through the lens of class and race” aims to combat some of the extreme lines of thinking prevailing in the media concerning Detroit’s terrible situation, and Webb offers some clear answers on why this occurred – and how it will continue to happen in other cities in the United States. An important piece for anyone looking for answers in this distressing time, Webb outlines exactly how Detroit was put in this predicament and how the citizens have suffered greatly. Webb pulls no punches in his analysis, leveling blame at the feet of auto executives, real estate brokers, and elected officials.
Blaming the crisis on its victims is designed to divert the eyes of the American people from the actual causes of the crisis and its agents. The former are located in the structures and dynamics of racialized capitalism, while the latter are the individuals and institutions who drive the crisis and also enrich themselves mightily from this system of class and racial exploitation and domination of the immense many by the minuscule few.
But he doesn’t just levy blame in his article – he offers a clear solution to help in the resurrection of this once-great city.
The near- and long-term struggles of the people of Detroit have to be connected to the energies of like-minded people in nearby suburbs and around the country who also aspire to radically restructure the politics, economics, culture, and racial relations of their city, region, state, and country.
Webb’s piece can be found here. It is an essential read.