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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Police Abuse: Reform or Revolution?

Police Abuse: Reform or Revolution?
Aug 1, The Progressive Populist

Police reforms; if this is the end result of the primarily Black uprisings of the past five years, we might as well quit before we begin. Exhibit A is the President’s executive order on policing, which is, at best, misnamed. Exhibit B is that whatever Congress agrees to eventually has to be signed off by unrepentant bigots at the highest levels of government.

The proposed reforms, particularly as a result of the killing of George Floyd, are akin to taking water guns to a forest fire. The proposed reforms also mask the fundamental problem in this society that cannot be fixed with reforms; in this society – which began as a slave nation-state on Indian lands and has subsequently always had the racial character of an apartheid state – people of color are treated by all of its institutions as unwanted enemy others and subjected to a system of control. FOR THE REST OF THE COLUMN, GO TO

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