There was another shooting inside CHAZ Seattle on Sunday night, where the perpetrator(s) again remain unknown & at large. After the early Saturday morning double shooting, paramedics were unable to get to the victims, as the police could not secure the area to ensure the safety of the first responders. That’s why the victims were transported by private vehicles to the hospital. One died, and the other is in critical condition.
The Sunday evening victim was also transported by private vehicle and is in serious condition. The police are an instrument of class rule, and need to be revolutionized into a publicly controlled militia, to protect the population. Abolishing the police, with nothing to replace them, is anarchy. This CHAZ/BLM garbage (All Cops Are Bastards, etc) is reactionary to its core, while presenting the cops as our saviors is also false. Racialism & class issues must be clarified & dealt with, for any progress to be made.
CHAZ is a political stunt by Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan & governor Jay Inslee, both Democrats. This is where black lives matter, meets blue lives matter, which means it’s toxic. This can’t last much longer, as the 30,000 residents who are being held hostage mostly wish it was over. Citizens, businesses & residents have been being terrorized for two weeks by racialist gang-bangers sanctioned & funded by George Soros. Working people of all colors need to unite & reject the reactionary poison.
On tearing down statues, Trotskyists must address the racialist narrative with Washington & Jefferson, both of whom were slave owners. The points in their favor are excellent, and must be emphasized with the understanding that no one is perfect, and circumstances were much different back then.
Thomas Jefferson wanted slavery banned, but knew it wouldn’t pass, so as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence & US Constitution he did his best by laying the foundation for the abolition of slavery. Freedom from colonial rule was the primary issue for the founding fathers. Slavery was still too divided an issue in Jefferson’s lifetime to be settled, much less discussed. If the newborn US would have fought a civil war over slavery back then, the US would have been defeated in 1812 (or sometime later) by the British, and re-colonized.
The same rationale applies to George Washington. These black lies anarchists have no respect for the people who froze at Valley Forge, and those who truly sacrificed. Ask any veteran, and most will agree with this. The difference between Trotskyists & pseudo-socialist anarchists is that when a statue needs to come down, we are ready to suggest suitable replacements, for majority discussion & approval. Anarchists just tear shit down on their own, and then run wild because they are protected by the police state.
Since no one is a saint, we can’t make it the standard for statues, or else they all must come down. We look at Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Grant & Washington in bronze, and think about all this– the good, the bad & the ugly. It’s important to remember. We pick the best of each era, with the understanding that time progresses our thinking, so we can’t apply the same standards to by-gone eras in terms of morality, because their circumstances are unimaginable to most of us. We keep statues up to connect us with this historical past and educate ourselves into the future.
One final point that needs to be understood is that much of the slave trade was a business arrangement between African tribal leaders; with Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, French & English slave traders. Yes, there was much brutality & terror inflicted on Africans, and Trotskyists have always condemned that, but the slave trade really flourished when African leaders cooperated, which defined much of its era. This makes 400 years of American history more of a class issue. Racialists need to own these black lies, before tearing down monuments.