Let’s start with this excerpt from Anders Hagstrom’s article at

A California coffee shop doubled down on its refusal to serve police officers, claiming cops threaten their “physical and emotional safety.”

Hasta Muerte Coffee owners refused service to a Latino police sergeant March 8 and are now defending that decision despite growing outrage, KTVU reported. The shop is a worker-owned collective with a mural criticizing police shootings and the militarization of law enforcement. Oakland’s police union wrote a letter to the owners, complaining about the measure. A local city councilman said while he disagrees with the policy, there aren’t any plans to stop it.

“We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feelings of physical & emotional safety,” Hasta Muerte Coffee posted on its Instagram page. “The facts are that poc [people of color], women and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans and houseless folks. For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police.”


Now, a few questions:

-If hasta muerte coffee is being robbed, who will they call?   Will the owners and/or staff refuse entry to police, whether poc, women, queer, or any other variety, if they show up to stop the robbery?

-Did hasta muerte coffee condemn the legal action against a bake shop owned by Christians which, while not refusing any other service, refused to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple?

-Will the same people – media very much included –  who were outraged by Christians refusing to create a cake that was in opposition to their religious beliefs demand that hasta muerte coffee serve police officers?

I think we all know the answer to these questions…

…which makes this a study in hypocrisy; the kind that is entirely acceptable these days, provided it comes from a leftward point of view.

Incidentally, the term “hasta muerte” means “until death”.   What a lovely, uplifting name for a retail establishment.

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