This is an important part of the legitimacy crisis the police find themselves in. For many/most POC esp. Black people, domestic violence, and sexual assault survivors - the police already were as an entity not a helpful or useful in any way.
I know there are people who work for the police that do not operate in that way, and as an institution, it has functioned more frequently like this for many marginalized groups.
So why the budgets of cities are so often, so heavily weighted for the police is not only puzzling but feels like an act of punishment for those groups.
When you combine stories and experiences like this to this:
You start to see why so many people are offended and devastated when folks doubt this is a systemic and pervasive issue.
To deny it is to deny the humanity of the people the police consistently hurt. And the true difference between this week and other weeks is the mass of people who are starting to see that and are willing to put their bodies on the line to say enough.
What I hope folks, especially white folks consider - how many times have people told you about discrimination you did not believe, play down, or rationalized away with streams of logic battles designed to defeat the person vulnerable enough to tell you.
That we got to the point where we didn’t believe it or care enough to fight like this is an indicator of how many lesser forms of racism we have allowed. This creates impunity.
And we have to evaluate where each of us have created that impunity by not being able to believe or move to action for Black people.
That inability has corroded the police but it has also corroded our common good. It is at the root at most every American resistance to collective action.
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