In this episode we have a conversation about defunding the police:
- what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and how the phrase raises different emotions in people depending on their personal experiences with the police and racism.
- How decades of consistent and pervasive defunding of community programming, healthcare, and education has harmed communities. We focus on the effects for children with disabilities.
- School Resource officers and police brutality in the schools that specifically targets black and brown children and children with disabilities.
- How policy runs on narratives, not statistics. We discuss and challenge narratives about “bad neighborhoods” and “bad children” that are steeped in anti-black racism, anti-indigeneity, and ableism and have fueled bad policy for decades.
For more information about this topic:
Defunding the police:
Los Angeles Times “Eliminate school police, L.A. teachers union leaders say”
Resources for teaching and talking about racism:
EdJustice: “Black Lives Matter at School – Resources”
The School to Prison Pipeline:
** The image above was drawn by Akim, a 10 year African American boy expressing his feelings in this current moment of police brutality, racism, and Covid-19.