I feel like I'm writing too much in my articles, so from now on I'm just going to stick with shorter, but hopefully daily articles.
The topic for today's article is why defunding the police is a horrible idea and does more harm than it does good. Despite what the media tells you, everyone is a human being, police, republicans, conservatives, etc... We're all human beings with different views, but the left doesn't like that one bit now do they. The narrative being pushed by the radical left since the death of George Floyd is that America is systemically racist, and the system that's the most racist of all is the police. "Defund the police" is the rallying cry by the left now, and it's being repeated by its mindless minions, even though any person with a brain will realize that getting rid of police is a stupid and horrendous idea.
Defund no, Reform yes
I'm not going to sugarcoat it, there are some bad apples in the police department, and not a tiny amount either. But it's still a minority, and most police officers are real humans who are risking their lives every day to protect everyday citizens like us from danger; justice is blind, and police officers must do what they need to do to protect us and themselves.
But to be so radical as to support abolishing the police department is insane; I know this argument has been said countless times before, but for good reason: without the police who are you going to call if you're in danger. It's a genuine question, and the left loves to support radical ideas and abolishing systems in America, yet they have absolutely no idea what to replace them with. Some people recommend that we go back to the wild west days with no established government police, and instead utilize private police and security. I don't know about you but I prefer to have my police at the ready whenever I call them and not have to worry about whether I paid for them yet. Instead of defunding the police, reform the police department. Invest more money and effort into training officers, and train them well.
Statistics Are Statistics, Statistics Are Not Racist
The left likes to use science to their advantage and says that science and data is the answer to everything, except for when it doesn't work in their favor.
The media tells us that black people are being systemically wiped and executed by the police, and yet from the Washington Post's database on fatal police shootings, only 9 unarmed-black men were killed by police in 2019. Does 9 sound like a systemic execution and eradication of a race by the police?
People also say that black people are killed at a disproportionate rate when compared to white people, and while that's true, let us not automatically attribute this to racism. Around 50% of fatal police shootings are to white people, and 24% are to black people, but black people only make up 13% of the population; but here's the thing that media doesn't want you to know: black people committed 52% of all homicides between 1980 and 2008; while whites committed 45% of homicides, while composing 77% of the population in the same timeframe. It's not racist to point out this fact, it's statistics, statistics are not racist. So instead of looking to racism as the problem, let us ask why black men are committing so much crime, which leads to shootings with police, and what we can do to lower it. Data also tells us that most black homicide victims are killed by other blacks, 93% in fact.
Just because there's a discrepancy among race groups doesn't mean that you can automatically attribute that to racism. For example if we're talking about wage gaps between whites and blacks, factors such as the job, education, etc... will affect the wage gap. As a fun little factoid is that Asian-Americans actually consistently out-earn everyone, so if America is a racist country that was meant to oppress the black man and gives the white man an advantage, why is it that Asian-Americans are the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the United States? The leftists certainly has no clue.
There Are Many More People That Depend on Police Than Those That Don't
The radical leftists that are supporting defunding the police department probably have never come into contact with a police officer, and probably live in safe neighborhoods (because of police). The majority of well-minded people believe that police is a necessary system and getting rid of it is an act of idiocy; watch this video of African-Americans in Harlem, New York talk about whether they support defunding the police:
Just because you believe that black lives matter (who doesn't) doesn't mean that you have to hate police; those two things are completely unrelated, and as the video shows, these African-Americans rely on police to keep the dangerous streets of Harlem safe; while the ignorant leftists at the beginning of the video refuse to acknowledge the police is necessity to many people.
How dangerous do you think it would make this neighborhood [if the police was abolished]?
Very dangerous, because it would be crazy!... It would be worse than what it is.
- A black man from the video
Again, police aren't perfect, no one is, they're humans. Doctors make mistakes all the time, and let's ignore the fact that they kill a lot more people than police too and no one's talking about that. In 2019, a John Hopkins study found that more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors, some other reports even claim that the number goes as high as 440,000. There's always room for improvement, but abolishment should only be used as a last resort.