The murder of George Floyd has really forced us to see life as it really is – cruel, unequal, and disturbed. With the whole nation grappling with this unfortunate death and the overall treatment of the black community, it has become adamantly essential to reform the existing policies and budgets and relocate them to where they’re genuinely needed.
Change of attitude is not where this power struggle and insane racial discrimination ends. Proper steps need to be taken to ensure the protection of the black community and give them the respect that they deserve. Defunding the police has become a huge debate where the anti-racists urge its significance.
Samantha Bee explained why defunding the police is absolutely needed right now.
“Defunding the police means we can significantly scale back police budgets over time, which will allow us to relocate that money to things that actually keep our community safe, like education, mental health-care, affordable housing, and violence prevention programs — all things that can help reduce crime in the long run.” – She explains.
She further pointed out that NYPD’s current budget is $6 Billion! Do you know that it’s more than the combined budget of New York City’s health, homeless services, youth development, and workforce development programs? It’s absolutely insane!
Later she pointed out another flaw in the system.
“We also need to change how police officers are used at all. Sending a police officer to deal with a mental health crisis is like sending me to host John Krasinski’s Some Good News.”
Hence, it can be concluded that defunding the police is only the first step. It may be the most critical one, but many more effective measures are in order!