THIS WEEK ON ARN: Chris Dorner is Welcomed Here! Africans Have a Right to Resist Colonial Occupation of the African Community! Forward to the INPDUM Convention!
On the week of Feb 4-8, 2013, the most potent criticism of the LAPD, since the Black Panther Party took a stance in 1968 and the LA mass Rebellion of 1992, was made by an African man named Christopher Dorner.
Dorner allegedly killed 1 LAPD cop and injured another during a shootout.
On the morning of Friday, Feb 8 Dorner allegedly engaged in a gun battle with LAPD forces in Chino, CA.
Later that day he allegedly ambushed two cops in Riverside, CA, shooting one in the head – just centimeters away from killing him.
At the same time, Dorner has issued a manifesto in which he explains the political rationale for the killings, along with his plans to wage guerilla warfare against the LAPD.
While ruling class media and the state alike attempt to criminalize Christopher Dorner for his campaign of armed guerilla struggle against the LAPD, it is absolutely necessary that InPDUM and the African Liberation Movement come in defense of this African and state our absolute unity with the resistance of African and other oppressed people against U.S. imperialism, in all its forms.
While the media demonizes Dorner, characterizing him as criminally insane, there is no criticism being made against the LAPD itself which, like all other U.S. military agencies of past and present, has done nothing but murder, brutalize, maim and torture the African and Mexican community – in the name of protecting this foul system of parasitic capitalism, built on slavery and colonialism.
Therefore the African Revolution must defend Dorner, and help our people, including Dorner himself, understand the political implications of what he has done and what type of response from the state his actions have caused.
Whether Dorner was able to articulate it or not, his campaign of resistance being carried out by Christopher Dorner right now represents a righteous resistance against the colonial oppression and occupation of the African by the U.S. police and military forces.
His manifesto clearly reveals this fact. In it he states:
“The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions…
He goes on to say
“The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers…The Violence of action will be HIGH… I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. ISR is my strength and your weakness. Cops will now live the life of the prey. Your RD’s and homes away from work will be my AO and battle space. I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck. You have misjudged a sleeping giant. There is no conventional threat assessment for me.
Hopefully your analysts have done your homework. You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I’ve been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I’ve been given.”
InPDUM stands in complete unity with the campaign of resistance being waged by Christopher Dorner against the LAPD.
The reality is that the poverty, homelessness and hunger African people experience around the world is a result of the fact that African people are without power. Imperialism has the power, which is why it can go into any community and country around and rob the people of its resources. From Libya, to Haiti, to North Philly. This is done only by gun point – all political power comes from the barrel of a gun. This is the significance of Dorner’s stance.
At the same time, InPDUM also finds it absolutely necessary that we clarify some important issues and questions that Dorner seems not to be clear on. We believe such ideological clarity will contribute to a more effective resistance to be waged by the masses of oppressed and colonized people around the world.
1. The enemy is not simply the LAPD; the enemy is the U.S. imperialist state – of which the LAPD is a part. How could the LAPD be the only target of our resistance when the same thing the Dorner charges the LAPD to be doing is clearly being done by police all around the country and by the U.S. military all around the world?
2. Africans are not Americans, Africans are Africans colonized and imprisoned BY America. As Africans, our class background, or whether or not we are a cops or in the military does nothing to change the fundamental relationship that Africans have with the U.S. imperialist state.
The state doesn’t care who the African is. This is why even forces among the African petty bourgeoisie like Henry Louis gates, a negro professor, was stopped and frisked in his own house. Timothy Goode, the nephew of Wilson Goode, former neo-colonial mayor of Phialdpehia, dropped a bomb on an entire African community, was murdered by the Philadelphia police. And of course, Dorner, who was a cop and ex-marine, was fired from and persecuted by the LAPD when he criticized it for its violent treatment of Africans.
3. All Black Cops must point their guns the other way! Dorner, nor any African, have any business being cops and soldiers for U.S. imperialism. should never have been with the LAPD in the first place. INPDUM’s Revolutionary National Democratic Program of the International People’s Democratic Uluru Movement “calls on all enlisted Africans and junior officers connected to any arm of the imperialist military organizations of the U.S. and North America — including the police departments — to unite with the legitimate interests of their oppressed people for national liberation, unification, and socialism.”
4. ALL AFRICAN RESISTANCE MUST BE ORGANIZED! INPDUM believes that all Africans have a right and a responsibility to wage relentless resistance against the white power imperialist state and its occupation of our communities, from Mali to LA. However, we also believe that in order for such resistance to have true significance that will result in freedom for African people, it must be resistance tied to revolutionary organization. Dorner should have been in INPDUM, and not the LAPD. Further no genuine revolution can be fought by one man. In order to be successful, revolution must be waged by the masses of the people. Build INPDUM!
This struggle is unfolding at a time when INPDUM is building for its highly anticipated International Convention, scheduled for March 23-24 in St Petersburg, FL. The theme of the convention is “One Africa! One Nation! Build Revolutionary Organization to Protect and Defend Our Own!” That includes warriors like Christopher Dorner.
At the convention there will be a panel entitled “From Police in Bed Stuy to Marines in Africa – Resist the Colonial Occupation of the African Community!” The goal of this panel will be to establish the International Community for African Community Control of Police whose responsibility will be to advance point #20 of the RNDP, which states, “We demand African community control of schools, police, and all the institutions of coercive colonial state power that wreak perennial havoc within our colonized community.”