Defund The Police. What Does It Mean?

When 1 in 1,000 Black men and boys can expect to die as a result of police violence over the course of their lives – a risk that's about 2.5 times higher than their white peers, you would think that over the decades a change in how the police fit into our society would have happened by now, right? Wrong! It's the year 2020 and the police force has only grown their expansion in communities and their responsibilities. But now, here we are. With the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, our leaders have injected a new movement to defund the police across America.

History has shown that it is easy for those who do not have the best interest in Black issues to hijack a movement for their own self-gain, hatred and willingness to be ignorant. Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of taking a knee during the national anthem was never about disrespecting soldiers and the American flag but about police brutality across America towards Black and Brown men and women. Trump and those who were unwilling to listen, made Kaepernick’s protest about them and an issue they can mock and spread lies about for their own self-glorification. Those same people are now trying to spread fear and misinformation about what defunding the police actually means.

I must admit, when I first heard people yelling in the streets to defund the police, I thought our leaders wanted our streets to look as if patients escaped Arkham and roamed Gotham, as we all waited for Batman to save us. But as I learned more about what defunding police actually meant, through reading and research on the internet, yes the same internet that Trump and his supporters can watch a cat play the piano, I found vital information - shocking! What I learned was defunding the police is as simple as it sounds. Taking the budget that is given to the police force and redirecting some of that money into other areas in communities that will help create better lives and keep crimes down.

I clutched my pearls when I first heard about the demand to defund the police. I thought to myself, why? And the answer came to me. I do not know a society without an excessive police force. Growing up, all I have ever witnessed was the damaging effects of policing. When an institution was birthed to track down enslaved people who escaped the south, to enforcing Jim Crow laws, it should not be a question of if but when reform and changes will happen.

Those who are championing the defunding of police say that policing in America has a long history of disproportionate harm to communities of color. Unfortunately, history has continued to repeat itse