McKinneyâ€™s campaign is Black-led, anti-imperialist, working-class-centered and has a multinational radical base with the potential of unlimited growth.
Of course, we believe that the struggle should not be confined to the electoral arena, especially as the capitalist ruling class completely dominates the electoral process. We must be in the streets fighting the war, fighting foreclosures and evictions, fighting in solidarity with immigrant workers, etc. However, Workers World believes that supporting the McKinney campaign is a step forward towards the path that the movement needs to take.
The editorial announcement spends a good deal of text addressing the topic of Barack Obama’s campaign, its electoral prospects and what the WWP expects would define an Obama presidency. Though generally positive in its assessment of “the Obama phenomenon,” the candidate himself clearly does not make the cut:
Should Obama win the election (a prospect that shouldnâ€™t be considered certain), the U.S. imperialist ruling class will have a gifted Black politician to help them save their troubled empire. An Obama presidency as the face of an imperialist state will not change anything fundamental, but on the surface it will mark a change, a new situation.
The U.S. capitalist class desperately needs to try something new to help them with their overlapping crises of deepening economic turmoil and imperialist war. In the board rooms of Wall Street, some are, no doubt, hoping that someone like Obama can delay or derail an uprising against widespread depression-level social conditions, or at least be the scapegoat for the unbearable misery that the ruling class has in store for workers.
Probably more interesting to the readers of this site, the WWP directly addresses the other third parties with which McKinney is involved. After briefly acknowledging the Green Party as a ballot access vehicle and “slightly to the left of, the two major ruling-class parties,” the WWP dismisses them as “not the reason why we are supporting McKinney.” There is some favorable mention of the Reconstruction Party Manifesto, which McKinney helped author along with activists from Gulf States still reeling over the government response to Hurricane Katrina:
The draft program of the Reconstruction Party is inspired by the program of the original Black Panther Party. The Reconstruction Party draft program calls for, among other things: self-determination for Black people, the relocation of displaced survivors of Katrina back to the Gulf, jobs, healthcare and housing, reparations for Black people, an end to racist terror and political repression, an end to the prison-industrial complex and an end to the war.
McKinneyâ€™s campaign is laying the foundation for a radical coalition of Black, Latin@, Asian and Indigenous activists, trade unionists, progressives and revolutionaries. This is important and timely.
The endorsement follows a history of warm sentiments towards McKinney from the WWP, which IPR noted here.
UPDATE: A note at Workers World posted July 24th indicates that the endorsement came from the National Committee of the Workers World Party on July 13th, and was unanimous.