This pamphlet, How To Beat The Racists, was republished by Workers' Liberty in September 2001.
In 2001, the far-right British National Party (BNP) more than tripled its vote share in the general election, reaching record levels for any UK fascist party in some constituencies. This was fuelled in large part by the Labour Party and the New Labour government. The left and the labour movement were, as a whole, not taking the fight against racism as seriously as they should have.
The pamphlet aimed to convince labour movement activists of the importance of the fight against racism, and anti-racists of the importance of the labour movement — and the fight to transform it once more into a militant force for human solidarity and progress. It sketches a programme to beat racism, and the kind of radical anti-racist and anti-fascist labour movement we need.
Decades later, racism and fascism have again been rising. The labour movement and the left, as a whole, still do not take anti-racism seriously enough. With the upsurge of anti-racist activism and protests, anti-racists, in general, still do not look to the labour movement. The fight to transform the labour movement, imbue it with radical anti-racist politics, and to beat racism is as important as ever.