Defund the Police is almost the exact opposite – it needs too much explaining and opens the door for the defenders of the status quo to portray protesters as lawless thugs. It is a horrible slogan.
If things followed the normal script, the next step would be to introduce a slogan/motto that articulates how movement leaders plan to turn the power gained via the protests into political action.
Immediately, plenty of people (myself included) began pointing out all its obvious shortcomings, fearful of the damage it might cause. Plenty more defended it, though they too were operating under the faulty assumption that ‘Defund’ is a slogan.
That band was saying that even though everyone there may have paid the price of admission, if hearing ‘fuck the police’ for that long didn’t fire you up and make you want to rage for the next two hours, you haven’t experienced the injustice most people in that room have had to endure.
They were basically saying people like me haven’t really paid the price of admission
...so get the fuck out.
Fair enough. I still haven’t paid that price. Most white people never will.
It has been two weeks and there are already hundreds of videos of police violence.
There are 21 more weeks until the election.
White allies thought the last couple weeks made clear to everyone what black people have been enduring at the hands of the cops – the violence, the lack of accountability – but I think we’re about to discover we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
Imagine how pissed off that would likely make those cops, especially the ones who
actually are racists.
Imagine how hard it would be for them to keep their cool.
Movement leaders will take political victories, but they aren't the goal. They know any which can be won at this point probably aren’t worth winning anyway.
Daring them not to show their true colors.