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Seattle WA: The Laughing Policewoman – Left Socialist Supports Top Cop – Aug 2018

SAlt’s Sawant Backs Seattle’s Top Cop


When Seattle police veteran Carmen Best (left) was appointed
chief of police, city council member Kshama Sawant (right) of
Socialist Alternative voted to confirm the top cop. Police are
the armed fist of the capitalist ruling class.  (Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago


A “socialist” voting to support the chief of police? Yes, it
just happened in Seattle, Washington, when city council member
Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative (SAlt) “stunned”
observers by voting on August 13 to confirm the city’s new
chief of police. As capitalism’s guardians in blue murder
black and Latino people every day, this shows how low
fake-socialist groups are willing to go as they immerse
themselves in bourgeois politics.


One of the opportunist organizations most avidly purveying
“Sanders socialism,” SAlt has faced big problems with the
growth of the Democratic Socialists of America. Hyping the
Vermont senator’s “political revolution” for Democratic
renewal was supposed to help it hit the big time, but it was
the DSA that reaped the benefits, while SAlt has been left in
the dust. This has meant increasing upheaval, with chunks of
the organization decamping to the DSA.


In contrast, some members repelled by SAlt’s “Bernie turn”
have sought to understand the roots of its opportunism. This
led former leaders of its New Hampshire branch to investigate
the politics of the Internationalist Group, and fuse with the
IG in June.

Kshama Sawant is SAlt’s political superstar who gave a
“socialist welcome to Bernie Sanders” when he campaigned in
Seattle (promoting a revival of FDR’s New Deal on the
anniversary of Social Security). Her alliances with local
Democrats have caused unease among some SAlt members, but the
group is determined to move further and further into
Democratic Party terrain. As a badge of social-democrats’
aspiration to administer the capitalist state, SAlt pretends
that cops are “workers in uniform.” Sawant already praised the
process of hiring the previous police chief, Kathleen O’Toole,
back in 2014, saying it was “positive … that a woman will be
at the head of what has been and still is a male-dominated
bastion,” and calling the new chief’s call for a “tiered
approach for policing protests” a “welcome change”
(sawant.seattle.gov, 23 June 2014).


Now Sawant has taken the next step. When O’Toole stepped down
last year, she was replaced on an interim basis by Carmen
Best, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle PD, who was then
confirmed for the top cop job at the August 13 city council
meeting. “Stunning the crowd, Councilmember Kshama Sawant
voted ‘yes’ in support of Best,” reported KOMOnews.com. Sawant
justified her backing of Best to become the chief of
capitalist cop repression with the claim that since Best is
African American, Sawant’s support was “a vote of solidarity
with my black and brown fellow community members” (Seattle
City Council Insight, 13 August).

No, Sawant’s vote was a pledge of
allegiance to the racist capitalist state. Since ghettos and
barrios across the country erupted against racist police
terror in the 1960s, the ruling class has allowed some black
faces in high places, insultingly hoping this could piece off
the black population that continues to face cop terror. This
racist repression goes on today, regardless of whether the
person heading up the institution enforcing it is black, a
woman, or both. Just look at Baltimore, where there was a
black woman mayor and black police chief, and almost half the
cops on the force were black, when the police murder of
Freddie Gray shook the city and the country. As members of the
CUNY Internationalist Clubs and Revolutionary Internationalist
Youth chanted in protests against the racist police murders of
Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and
so many others: Only revolution can bring justice!
Part of building the party to lead that revolution is
relentless exposure of the opportunists that sully the word
“socialism” with their obeisance to the bourgeoisie. ■

On Youtube – Kshama Sawant: Are you OK with Amazon removing 7,000 jobs from Seattle? – 8 May 2018 (3:53 min) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhfaBaU-5Qc


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