Why Isn’t the Racist Lynch Mob in Cop-Enclave Mt. Greenwood a Major News Media Story??

November 7, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us



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Video taken by a bystander shows off-duty cop waving a gun, shortly before Joshua Beal was killed by another Chicago cop.

To the Media:

Why Isn’t the Racist Lynch Mob in Cop-Enclave Mt. Greenwood a Major News Media Story??

All people of conscience need to take a stand against this ugly racism and demand Justice for Joshua Beal.  

The openly white supremacist character of “Blue Lives Matter,” was revealed Sunday in Chicago as a vicious mob of hundreds of white people confronted revcoms and other protesters standing up against the police murder of Joshua Beal.  Beal was murdered by an off-duty Chicago cop while he was part of a funeral procession travelling through the neighborhood of Mt. Greenwood where many white cops and firefighters live. 

The crowd had the feel of a lynch mob, with signs that read, “animals go home”; “keep out of our town, you fucked yours up, don’t come over here”; “Justice WAS done” referring to Joshua’s murder.  Some seemed overjoyed that a Black man was killed—one man was overheard saying, “This is the spot where he was killed? Let’s have a barbeque!”   

But this was not only a vitriolic racist crowd, it was filled with people who identified themselves as “relatives” of cops, and every indication is that some were off-duty cops.  They chanted repeatedly, “N**ger go home,” and “CPD, CPD, CPD,”  joining their unmistakable white supremacist message with their support for the police terror against Black and Latino people. It brought together the ugly reality that the foundation of this system is slavery, genocide and war and why it has to be overthrown by revolution. 

Dee Williams from the Revolution Club Chicago gave this statement:  

“The police murder of Joshua Beal was a lynching, and this crowd was like a lynch mob of old. It made me think of footage of the racists attacking the Freedom Riders in the South in the 1960's or the racist mobs in Marquette Park here in Chicago in the ’60s and ’70s. They shouted “CPD, CPD, CPD” and “Trump, Trump, Trump,” a testament to what this ugly election has unearthed from the soil of Amerikkka and the enforcers of this system.  Being out there deepened the resolve of members of the Chicago Revolution Club to organize many more people into the revolution and speed up the time when we can overthrow this system of capitalism-imperialism and bring a whole new world into being. All people of conscience need to take a stand against this ugly racism and demand Justice for Joshua Beal.” 

In the midst of this, a young white student and her two friends crossed the line and stood with the people protesting the murder of Joshua Beal. She held the Stolen Lives banner with pictures of dozens of people killed by police. She said: “Most of my friends are on the other side, this infuriates me, they are probably really pissed at me for crossing the line, but I couldn’t take it anymore.”  She continued, “I am here today for the injustice of people that just keeps happening, this racism that’s institutionalized into our homes and in our backyards, in Mt. Greenwood especially. Mt. Greenwood is so racist, man, we just had somebody shot… so many times… and people want to deny and say it’s not because of skin color, but what else is it? I’m ready to make a stand now, I’m ready. Before I would sit quietly, you know, maybe protest online, but now I’m ready to make my voice heard… and speak for those… amplify their voices, not speak over them, but amplify their voices. Thank you.”

The truth must be known about this outbreak of white supremacy and racist hatred needs to be met head on. People from all walks of life, and all nationalities need to take a stand. No one can stand aside. Which side are you on?




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