…. Students of working-class history are familiar with the divide-and-conquer methods of the bosses. From the early 19th century, the law declared any gathering of three or more workers as an illegal conspiracy.
When the workers defied this restriction and went on to organize, the bosses expanded their tactics. They hired Pinkerton thugs and other labor spies to frame up workers and break unions. They tried to turn the unorganized against the organized. They pitted the higher paid against the lower paid. They set the skilled against the unskilled.
They tried to turn white against Black, white against Brown, Brown against Black, white, Black and Brown against Asian, etc. They hired gun thugs to fight organizing drives or organized unions. In the modern era, they rely on the FBI and private labor spies to do their dirty work.
The racism of Trump and the ruling class must be put in the anti-working class setting in which it has always existed. It is the answer of a tiny minority of the rich, exploiting class to the fear of rebellion by the vast majority of the masses of people. Only class solidarity and international solidarity can overcome this poisonous racist division….