Obama cautions activists against using 'defund the police' slogan

华盛顿州 Former President Barack Obama cautioned young activists against using the slogan退还警察to achieve changes in policing practices, instead urging them in a new interview to have a more inclusive discussion to better enact changes.

在这样做, 前总统, who still holds enormous influence in the Democratic Party and has voiced support for protesters in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, is taking a strong stance on a contentious phrase that is a dividing point among Democrats, and speaks to the friction between the more liberal wing of the party and President-elect Joe Biden’s calls for a moderate path forward.
If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund The Police,’ 但, 你懂, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama told Peter Hamby on Snapchat’sGood Luck Americawhen asked what his advice is to an activist who believes in using the slogan although politicians are likely to avoid it.
But if you instead say, ‘Let’s reform the police department so that everybody’s being treated fairly, 你懂, divert young people from getting into crime, and if there was a homeless guy, can maybe we send a mental health worker there instead of an armed unit that could end up resulting in a tragedy?’ 突然, a whole bunch of folks who might not otherwise listen to you are listening to you.
    奥巴马, who previously said he would not defund police departments, said the key is for activists to decide whether they want to get something done or feel good among people they agree with.
    And if you want to get something done in a democracy, in a country as big and diverse as ours, then you’ve got to be able to meet people where they are,” he said andplay a game of addition and not subtraction.
    Other top Democrats, including Biden and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, have said they support changes to policing practices but warned the phrasewhich generally calls for redirecting some funding from police departments toward social welfare programscould be harmful to the movement and the party. Many progressives, 然而, including New York Rep. 亚历山大·奥卡西奥·科尔特斯, have touted the phrase.
    The 44th President also provided a glimpse at how progressive and moderate Democrats can work together under an upcoming 拜登总统, noting that the party shouldfocus on talking about getting certain things doneinstead of labels and ideology. He called socialism aloaded termand offered a messaging strategy on Democrats can appeal to people, especially those who are young.
    Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both agree about raising the minimum wage. Nobody really cares about the label. They care that that is something that is important to a lot of young people and a lot of older people alike,” 他说. “My advice for the Democratic Party is telling a story. Because people, young people, folks my age, people generally don’t listen to a bunch of policy analysis.
      Obama continued that people are moved by storiesthat connect with their own livesand not ideology, adding thatpromoting young people is really importantwhen it comes to the Democratic Party.
      We stick so long with the same old folks and don’t make room for new voices,” 他说.

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