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WHY DEFUND THE POLICE (Story #3)

Audre Lorde

 

In 1978 I discovered Audre Lorde through her startling poem "Power" in the Village Voice. I taped it inside my desk drawer, where my eyes lingered on it daily. It felt like a gut punch, but I couldn't stop reading it. Read More 

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WHY DEFUND POLICE? (Story #2)

Sandra Bland

In 1968, at 28 years old, I was driving a country road in Massachusetts when I heard a siren blare behind me. Never thinking it could be for me—a white woman who'd never been pulled over—I tuned it out. Suddenly I saw flashing lights but ignored them, too. If anything, I drove slightly faster.

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WHY DEFUND THE POLICE? (A STORY)

Photo: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

On my drive into Berkeley's Tilden Park recently, I saw a white man of about sixty—twenty years my junior—standing by a black car. I paused to see if he needed help. He made a small hand gesture, which I took as a "go on" wave so I continued. But fifty feet later, troubled, I decided the gesture had been ambiguous. Brought up by parents who always stopped for strangers, I flashed my blinkers and reversed.

 

Rolling down my window, I asked, "Are you okay?" Read More 

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