A healthy debate is underway between the purists in the abolitionist community who are arguing that the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor should not be arrested or sent to prison and others of us who believe that we can completely dismantle the unjust systems of our country while simultaneously using the current laws to the best of our ability. Let's talk about it.
You have heard me say it before, and I will say it over and over again until every person understands, the American justice system is not broken.
We are not a band-aid and a body camera away from fixing the criminal justice system.
This system is working perfectly for the straight, cis, white men who built it. It was designed to oppress and punish people of color and that is exactly what it is doing. There is no fixing this system, there is only tearing it down and building something new.
Yet, this is the system that exists right now. Black people are being unfairly incarcerated, placed on death row and murdered by police right now. Lives are at stake. We do not have the luxury of waiting for this system to be torn down. Those already entrapped cannot simply be abandoned. We must work with what we have while simultaneously working to build something brand new.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down both sides of this argument and what his stance is on it.