In a research paper supposedly on the topic of safely reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic, United Teachers Los Angeles decided that it just wouldn’t be a proper missive without a heavy dose of leftist pandering. That’s why the union included a great deal of propaganda about defunding the police alongside their COVID concerns.
“Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people,” the paper said without evidence, “and is a serious public health and moral issue. We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
Of course, teachers unions are little more than the Democratic Party in (thin) disguise, so we can surmise from this mission statement that this is what today’s Democrats stand for – at least in Los Angeles. Not that it comes as any surprise, but Republicans need to hammer this message home relentlessly between now and the election.
Trump’s already doing a masterful job with that ad that shows what would really happen to our 911 calls if we got rid of the police, but this needs to be an all-hands-on-deck situation. Stop letting the Democrats control the narrative – Roger Stone, Russian bounties, all the rest of the nonsense. If Democrats don’t want to push back on the Defund the Police initiative, make them answer for it every single time they step in front of a microphone.
Elsewhere in the research paper, the teachers union claimed that while teachers want to get back to work, it was important to ask “given broader societal conditions, how do we open physical schools in a way that ensures that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially for our most vulnerable students and school communities?”
“The rewards of economic recovery accrue largely to white and well-off communities that have largely been shielded from the worst of the pandemic’s effects,” they claimed.
It never fails to amaze us how leftist groups can take any issue – any issue at all – and turn it into a platform for racial division. Like, if you can use a viral pandemic to divide us by race, what can’t you use? If you can turn a paper on the coronavirus into a stage upon which to call for defunding the police, you’ve really stretched the concept of a topic statement to the breaking point.
We would argue that stuffing these unrelated left-wing causes into a paper like this undermines the union’s credibility, but that would imply they ever had any in the first place.