One of the most serious and divisive issues facing DSA since its membership explosion is how socialists should approach the issue of race and racism. Numerous pages of online left-wing periodicals, Medium posts, and Facebook threads have poured over the issue, with political positions varying widely from accepting the liberal framework of class and race as separate issues or the old “class struggle first” tendency of leftists to sideline anti-racist struggles. What most of the articles fail to articulate, however, is that DSA did not form after Trump was elected. In fact, this debate has raged within the organization since its founding in 1982.
Today (10/5/2020) is the anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in London, a historic antifascist counter-insurgency, described below. This memorial photograph and short essay were shared by DSA comrade, Christian today. Solidarity!
Today is the 84th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when a 100,000 Londoners stood against 3,000 fascists (the so-called “blackshirts” of the British Union of Fascists under the command of Oswald Mosley) and 6,000 cops. The fascists deliberately chose the East End of London as a rallying point for their march, as it was home to the largest Jewish community in the UK at the time. In and around Cable Street antifascists – communists, anarchists, Jews, Irish immigrants, dockworkers, trade unionists, and more – held the streets & intersections, erected barricades, eventually forcing the march to end early. 150 people were arrested and 175 injured, but the power of the working class rising in revolt against fascism would help eventually lead to the dissolution of the BUF & the prevention of Britain from siding with (or at least passively abiding by) the fascist take over of Europe.