Statement of Solidarity With DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus

Red Star San Francisco stands in solidarity with the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus and endorses its demands of DSA leadership and staff:

  1. No white person in formal leadership or staff ever post white nationalist, white supremacist or fascist symbols or advocate that the path to building a multiracial working class is through organizing with white supremacists, white nationalists, fascists or their apologists.
  2. All formal leadership and staff attend an anti-oppression training chosen and approved by the Afro-Soc Caucus of DSA.

Racism is not simply a product of conscious intentions. Because racism is deeply embedded in the structures of capitalist society, and because pervasive individualism tends to mask these structures, those of us in DSA and on the US left are just as capable of perpetuating them through our words and actions as anyone else.

That our National Director shared an image which downplayed the Confederate Flag’s status as a white supremacist symbol, and defended that action, is evidence enough that our leadership and staff must reckon with the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy, consciously or otherwise.