The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Call Detroit’s CFO What He Is:
A Racist

Oct 14, 2013

Jim Benzol, Detroit’s Chief Financial Officer, was suspended with pay for making a racist remark in a meeting with other city officials.

The comment was made while the city treasurer, Cheryl Johnson, was explaining to Benzol about how city officials traditionally patrol neighborhoods for arson during the three-day Angels’ Night leading up to Halloween.

Benzol asked if he could ride with a Detroit police officer. When he got a “no” response, he asked, “can I shoot someone in a hoodie?”

It took until the next day for officials to respond with a paid suspension. They didn’t even walk out on him or call him on this racist remark when it happened.

Is the racism in this society so blinding that everyone just accepts Benzol’s racist remarks as a joke, and he gets a paid vacation?! These people who have been given keys to the city should be run across the Detroit River.