There’s a cliché saying that life often imitates art. If a Congresswoman from Detroit has her way, the U.S. could soon resemble “The Purge.”
Following the police shooting of unarmed 20-year-old Duante Wright during a traffic stop, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said on Twitter that policing is “intentionally racist” and called for an end to all policing and incarceration.
On April 12, she tweeted that:
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”
There are lots of legitimate criticisms about policing and the criminal justice system. And there are lots of reforms that could make a positive difference. But abolishing the police is not one of them. Abolishing the police would turn the U.S. into “The Purge.”
“The Purge” is a 2013 movie set in a dystopian version of modern-day American in which all crime – including murder – is legal for one night a year. The supposed idea behind the annual purge holiday is that allowing people to have one night a year to get their anger and aggression out will result in more peaceful, harmonious society overall.
The low-budget, gory slasher film by Blumhouse was a surprise hit that turned into a four-movie franchise (with a fifth in the works) and a two-season Hulu TV series. The movies and Hulu series delve deeper into the workings of that society, during which we learn that the purge night is just a ruse used by the New Founding Fathers of America political party to turn the masses against each other.
On Purge Night, the wealthy elite enjoy lavish parties safely behind barriers with armed guards, while the masses slaughter each other. Sound silly? That’s exactly what would happen if the police are abolished. The wealthy will live in safe areas protected by private security, while everyone else is left to fend for themselves.
The answer isn’t to defund the police. It’s to increase funding for police, to make cities safer.
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