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Natalie Portman Shares What It Means To Defund The Police

And it's not as easy as saying that there should be no police.

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There is a lot of debate going around on social media about defunding the police. Some are arguing that it will leave criminals to do as they please, while others say it can help reduce crime. Moreover, Natalie Portman has also joined the debate. And she wants to defund the police!

Natalie Portman explains her stance

Portman went on Instagram to truly explain in depth what ‘defund the police’ actually means. At first, she explained in the caption the privilege that comes with thinking the police makes you feel safe:

When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family, and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror.

Portman then goes on to explain why the African American community is afraid of the police:

And for good reason. Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country. These are not isolated incidents. They are patterns and part of the system of over-policing of black Americans.

Furthermore, Natalie Portman explains that the Minneapolis police department is actually one of the most progressive police departments in the country. Despite that, an incident like George Floyd’s murder still happened.

This goes to show that just police reform is not enough. Because of her privilege, she was initially uncomfortable about the campaign to ‘defund the police’. But, with more knowledge, Natalie Portman understood that it can and should be achieved. She said:

I’ve gotten to the age in my life, where if my gut feels uncomfortable, I take the situation as wrong. But this concept initially made me uncomfortable because I was wrong. Because the system that makes me feel comfortable is wrong. #defendblacklives #defundthepolice

So, what does defunding the police mean? Natalie Portman explained it in a few pictures taken from theslacktivists.

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When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror. And for good reason. Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country. These are not isolated incidents. They are patterns and part of the system of over-policing of black Americans. Reforms have not worked. Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, is one of the most progressive police forces in the country, having undergone extensive anti-bias training. I am grateful to the leaders in the @mvmnt4blklives who have made us question the status quo. And who have made us imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment. I’ve gotten to the age in my life, where if my gut feels uncomfortable, I take the situation as wrong. But this concept initially made me uncomfortable because I was wrong. Because the system that makes me feel comfortable is wrong. #defendblacklives#defundthepolice Swipe right for additional resources via @theslacktivists

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What Defund the Police actually means

Natalie Portman’s post described the concept perfectly well. Defunding the Police means “reducing police budgets on a local and state level and investing that money directly into poor communities of color through public services.

The main reason to do this is that reforming the police just hasn’t worked. Reforms worth billions of dollars on many state police departments have been enacted. But, racial bias still persists. The best example of this is that the Minneapolis Police Department was one of the most progressive departments in the country. Despite that, George Floyd’s murder still took place.

How will defunding the police help?

Police reform does not serve in the best interest of poor communities. Their solution to every single problem faced by these communities is over-policing. And that only results in more incarceration and an aggressive mentality ingrained in the police. By defunding the police, their presence in poor communities will reduce, and it will lead to less police violence and police brutality.

Natalie Portman’s post further explains then how defunding the police will reduce violence. Firstly, that money should be reinvested into public services, such as schools, hospitals, libraries. The police are used as a solution for deteriorating infrastructure and to solve every social problem. However, the root cause of these problems is a lack of funding for schools, hospitals, and housing. That reinvested money will result in fewer incidents of violence and it will uplift those communities. Crime is a response to social conditions, which if addressed, will reduce crime significantly.

Natalie Portman’s post then further explains what we can do call for defunding the police in our community. Moreover, she also shared some other sources of reading. You can read it here. What do you think about defunding the police? Do you agree with Natalie Portman or not? Let us know in the comments.

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