White American comrades over at @DemSocialists:

We highly recommend that your members look into Lev Trotsky’s views on the role that Black Americans are to play in any revolutionary Socialist movement here at home (we suggest this reading in particular: isj.org.uk/the-prophet-an…).
The title of the recommended reading is, “The prophet and Black Power: Trotsky on race in the US.” The essay highlights some key things that we feel are still being overlooked by our greater Socialist organizations within America.
”We must find the road to the darkest strata of the proletariat, beginning with the Negro, whom capitalist society has converted into a pariah, & who must learn to see in us his revolutionary brothers... this depends wholly upon our energy & devotion to the work.” – Lev Trotsky
These are words Trotsky shared in 1929 with a group of white American supporters who had recently been expelled from the Communist Party.

They never took heed to his statements.
“The Negro can be developed to a class standpoint only when the white worker is educated...” – Lev Trotsky

Have Black Americans collectively reached this “class standpoint” yet? Are white American workers educated yet?

The answer to both questions is unequivocally “no.”
Regardless of what your views are on the Bolsheviks/Mensheviks of early 20th century Russia (or Trotskyists for that matter), one cannot deny the deep truth that reverberates through the words of this iconic revolutionary today.

There is still too great of a disconnect.
Our comrades must leave the echo chambers & create open forums within working class Black American communities nationwide that serve as the catalyst for a new awakening in greater class consciousness.
If Trotsky – who wasn’t even an American – could spot this race/class dynamic & disconnect in the first half of the 20th century, then surely you all can not only spot & acknowledge it NOW, but put in the work to address it.
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