Remember how after the Ferguson riots (Mike Brown) and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore (Freddy Gray), there was a great deal of concern in the media from liberals about how police might react to the sudden national hatred towards them? Remember how we saw Democrats wagging their fingers into the cameras, warning that police officers had better not stop policing minority neighborhoods just because viral videos were turning their every move into an excuse to cry racism? Remember how it was largely agreed that these neighborhoods needed more policing than their richer counterparts across town?
Yeah, we remember. Those days are apparently over.
“Reform the police” is out. “Defund the police” is the new left-wing hotness.
While you might expect such nonsense from the official Black Lives Matter page, this is a movement that has grown traction among rich celebrities, Democrat politicians in Washington, and even the ACLU.
The latter group posted a statement this week saying:
The most recent eruption of protests across the U.S. – demanding justice for George Floyd, Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black people who have been killed by police – has laid bare what we’ve known for too long: The policing institutions in our country are deeply entrenched in racism and brutality, and we cannot allow it to continue.
These inherently systemic issues require immediate and permanent solutions. That requires a bold reimagining of the role police play in our society: It is time to divest from law enforcement and reinvest in the Black and Brown communities they unjustly target.
We’re fairly certain that the ACLU gave up any pretense of being a “civil rights” organization quite a few years ago, but if it weren’t obvious before, it certainly is now. If there is any daylight between the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, it’s dim enough that it may as well not exist.
But the ACLU is just an institutional voice. We’re hearing “defund the police” cries from Brian Fallon, Hillary Clinton’s former press secretary. We’re hearing it from hordes of celebrities like Natalie Portman, John Legend, and Jane Fonda. And we’re hearing it from Washington Democrats like the always-reliable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Hmm, what do all of these people have in common? Yes, they’re leftists, but what else? Yes, correct! They all have the money to live in neighborhoods replete with gated entrances. They all have the money to surround themselves with private security. They all have the money, in other words, to insulate themselves from the immediate ill effects that such a proposal would have.
And really, when it comes to the elite left…isn’t that always the way?