Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said Americans ought to check their privilege when they voice concerns over the inevitable anarchy that comes from the removal of community law enforcement.
“Do you understand that the word dismantle our police free also makes some people nervous? For instance, what if in the middle of the night my home is broken into? Who do I call?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Bender on CNN Monday.
“Yes, I mean I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors – and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege, for those of us for whom the system is working,” Bender said. “I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality.”
CAMEROTA: "What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?"
BENDER: "Yes, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege." pic.twitter.com/WhubQ9yJIf
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 8, 2020
Last week, Americans already bore witness to that reality when minority neighborhoods lived through rioters burning down businesses in a fit of rage following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
#Minneapolis looks like a war zone.
What about the black people who have no grocery store now?
No pharmacy. No gym. No restaurants. Nothing. Everything is burned to the ground.
Don’t those black lives matter, too?
Now they’re destroyed. pic.twitter.com/Z8HukY3D9n
— Rob Smith (@robsmithonline) June 2, 2020
Still, the Minneapolis City Council announced Sunday it had a veto-proof majority to disband the city’s police force protecting nearly half a million people. Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared his opposition to the proposal Saturday standing in a crowd of protestors after professing his “coming to grips with” his “own brokeness” for the apparent crime of being white.
“Jacob Frey, we have a yes or no question for you. Yes or no, will you commit to defunding Minneapolis police department,” one angry protest leader asked. “We don’t want no more police! Is that clear! We don’t want people with guns toting around in our communities, shooting us down. You have an answer, it is a yes or a no!”
“I do not support the full abolition of police,” Frey said, which prompted a swift removal from the demonstrations taking place in his own city with a walk of shame.
“Go home,” protesters yell at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey because he said he doesn’t want to defund the police
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 6, 2020
In the wake of the protests, calls to “defund police” have become a new mantra of the contemporary civil rights movement under the banner of “Black Lives Matter.” The new anarchic proposal however radical, has caught on with progressive elites moving mainstream setting up the November elections to become a showdown between defunding police and law and order. According to a YouGov/Yahoo poll conducted May 29-30, only 16 percent of Americans support funding cuts for police departments