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Offline kimmy

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Re: Defund the Police
« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2021, 11:33:17 pm »
I think it's worth asking why this is such a polarizing slogan. I think the idea that we'd collapse into anarchy without the police is largely a byproduct of decades of nonstop copaganda with a big dash of racism ("if you get rid of the police *those people* will be able to do whatever they want!").

In my neighborhood, "those people" are mostly white meth-heads, and sharing European ancestry with them doesn't make me feel better about them doing whatever they want.

I agree with the premise that comprehensive mental health programs, drug rehabilitation, and anti-poverty programs could have a significant impact on the amount of crime that occurs. And I think that the majority of people are decent people who wouldn't commit serious crime even if there were not police around. However, I also believe that there are people who would commit violence and other kinds of lawlessness if there were no police around.

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