Systemic Problem

I see conservative friends of mine take issue with generalizations being leveled against all police, and they speak about what they see as the erosion of individual responsibility. It’s difficult for them to recognize that this is truly a systemic problem. But it’s important to remember that over the past 50-some years, police have been increasingly addressing issues that rightly belong to social workers, mental health workers, and healthcare workers. Police are failing (terribly) because we’re asking them to do the impossible. This is the logic behind the movement to defund the police, which is really about cutting back their responsibilities and investing that money in entities better equipped to meet community needs. I realize it might seem that I’m talking now about the police—and your question was really about race—but the whole issue is that the Black experience is so intimately and absurdly connected with policing. -Alexander Landfair, 35, Brooklyn

hard white truths

Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging“, as I know each of these pieces represents something…

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2 Responses to Systemic Problem

  1. You know when I was a child growing up in Chicago, we knew our neighborhood police officer. And in the summer the fire truck would come on our block and turn our fire hydrants on so we could play in the water on the curve. Our polices looked like us. We’d chance their cars. What happen?

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