Morgan Simon interviews Dr. Manuel Pastor, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, about the two pandemics: coronavirus and racism.
As we contribute to the fight for workers’ rights and to build worker power, we are clear that the origins of the U.S. labor movement start with enslaved African people and their descendants struggling for emancipation.
This is not just a Black issue nor just a race issue. It is an institutional issue that has been built upon Black exploitation and social division. But the way some police so flagrantly kill Black people demands we all say BlackLivesMatter.
Redirecting police funding to community services and holding all police accountable were some of the demands made by Bay Area labor unions at a Black Lives Matter march Saturday from Oakland to Berkeley.
We need to move beyond rhetoric and start to evolve into a movement for racial justice in practice, but what does that mean? Be proactive in addressing racial tensions, stop tokenizing members, and build a union to address everyday issues.