Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Jun. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

It’s totally appropriate for ppl ask what “Defund the Police” means, as many of advocates will tell you they don’t want to entirely defund the police.

But as long as we're appraising the slogan's rhetorical power, it's clearly been an enormous success.

Beyond the impressive global protests, beyond the surge of public support for BLM, beyond the surprising public solidarity from Mitt Romney (!), Jamie Dimon (!!), and Roger Goodell (!?!), you have a long and growing list of very real political developments and achievements ...

The movement is getting results:

- Minneapolis police pulled out of union contract
- Minnesota gov announced reform bill
- Dallas adopted a duty to intervene rule
- New Jersey AG said it will update use-of-force guidelines
- LA City Council has proposed reducing LAPD budget

Disentangling what % of this is due to ...

a) the Defund slogan
b) ongoing BLM advocacy
c) public backlash against horrible police brutality videos
d) other stuff driving the protests

... is hard. But it's harder to say the slogan is a hindrance to effective change.

my god the typos in that first tweet 😖

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