Military-hating professor says we should disband all …
A “scholar” and author of a book suggesting that the United States disband its police forces is demanding just that- this time in a newspaper op-ed.
In a multi-author opinion piece titled “Police departments are broken. Is it time to abolish them all together? | Pro/Con,” George Ciccariello-Maher urged people to imagine a world without police.
“America is the most policed and incarcerated country in the world,” he wrote. “When policing is a way of life, it’s hard to even imagine alternatives.”
The scholar is the author of “A World Without Police,” which is set to be released in the near future by a publisher.
In the op-ed, Ciccariello-Maher claims that the world doesn’t need police, and that everyone can simply get along with a little conflict resolution.
“There are entire neighborhoods here and across the world that have pushed out the police entirely,” he wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This means reinvesting in communities, building local grassroots power, and strengthening other forms of conflict resolution so that policing gradually becomes obsolete. But above all, it means shaking off our blinders, looking at things differently, and beginning to imagine a world without police.”
Ciccariello-Maher makes no attempt to hide his disdain for law enforcement.
“Once we do the math, we see that the police only ‘protect and serve’ a small minority of the population, but this is nothing new,” he claimed. “Police were created to serve the interests of the white and the wealthy, and they continue to do so today. And that’s not all: unaccountable police institutions are a petri dish for brutality, violence, and corruption, as recent high-profile cases in Philadelphia make clear.”
George Ciccariello-Maher is a visiting scholar at the College of William and Mary and formerly worked at Drexel University -where he found himself in the news frequently.
In 2016, the former Drexel University professor found himself in the news over a tweet: “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
He avoided being disciplined by claiming his tweet was satire but later that year he defended another shocking Tweet he made.
He tweeted that he was “trying not to vomit” while witnessing a first class passenger give up his seat to an armed service member on a flight.
“Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier,” Ciccariello-Maher said in the tweet. “People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
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Published at Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:52:00 +0000