Liberal commentator Michael Eric Dyson likened Americans who oppose defunding the 경찰 to Whites who opposed abolishing slavery on Tuesday.
“I know some people have been outraged by the use of abolish the police,” he said on “보기.” “Guess what? In the 1850s many White Americans were against abolishing slavery. So that the very word ‘abolition’ has caused some people problems, it has been a longstanding tradition in America.”
In the clip flagged by media watchdog NewsBusters, Dyson also praised President-elect 조 바이든 for his shoutout to Black voters in his victory speech, although Biden also opposes defunding the police. Dyson urged Biden to “reach over to progressive forces within the Democratic party” the same way he claims to work across the aisle with Republicans.
Dyson 추가 that defunding police was simply another way of saying “let’s reassign money.” But during an interview in June, Dyson praised even having discussions about abolishing police as a positive step.
“Arguments about defunding the police are also on the horizon,” 그는 말했다. “예를 들어, in New Jersey, we’ve seen examples of the defunding of the police and getting rid of police departments. Whether it’s outright abolition or not, at least the conversation is on the table.”
Defunding police is broadly defined, ranging from reallocating budgets to other city resources to full-on abolition of police departments. It proved broadly unpopular 시 2020 선거, and some Democrats blamed the slogan for House members losing seats.
Some more liberal members have continued to push it though, 같은 “분대” members like Reps. 알렉산드리아 오 카시오 코르테즈, D-N.Y., 과 일한 오마르, D-Minn. Omar fired back at former President Barack Obama on Tuesday after he dismissed it as an alienating “슬로건,” tweeting it was in fact a “policy demand.”