White Supremacy on Parade: What Happened at Capitol Hill.
Yesterday made it clear that diversity and de-escalation training has not changed the nature of policing in this country and that we still have a lot of work left to do in acknowledging everyone’s humanity. The white supremacist roots of the police simply cannot be reformed away. The proof is in the level of access… and in the pictures.
White supremacy is so deeply embedded in police culture and the USA in general that peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters were brutalized last summer while white terrorists were red carpeted into the U.S. Capitol so they could trash it last night. The hypocrisy is blatant, and just another reminder of who the police really protect and serve, which is why we need to hold police accountable, reallocate funds, and address white supremacy and hate head on.
This white supremacist backlash (tantrum) is a response to the small steps of progress we have made through removing Trump and the mobilization of resistance, freedom, and Black Lives Matter movements. That is why we should keep moving, keep mobilizing, keep radicalizing and keep organizing in and with our communities.
Violence, and threats of violence from the far-right have always been a part of white supremacy and the police rubber stamping that violence has historically been the case. This is why we must re-imagine public safety and eventually abolish police.
How can we reimagine public safety and move towards abolition? Check out these articles:
- The Path towards Abolition: Dismantling a Broken System and Rebuilding from the Ground Up
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=uRqCNF5yqts&app=desktop
- The NYPD is Beyond Reform
- Open Letter from Candidates Condemning Recent NYPD Actions and Calling to Defund the Police.
- Re The Chokehold Ban: Are We Really Going to Debate Amending This Already Weak Law?
- The Role of Faith in Abolition
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Let’s #DisruptTheDistrict with Radical Love.
Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ), Candidate for New York City Council District 9 Kristin is a poet, local activist, speaker, teacher, DSA member, Black queer woman, and third-generation Harlemite on a mission to disrupt District 9 (Central Harlem) with radical love. Started almost a year and a half before the murder of George Floyd, her Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. political platform includes advocacy for police accountability, abolition, affordable housing, redistribution of resources, senior care, gun control, education, and environmental justice. She is interested in making change both through her grassroots campaign and through a community-based participatory democracy once elected and has drafted policy on each of her HARLEM platform points. Find out more and get involved at KristinForHarlem.com.