Tlaib “I just want us to dig deeper so that the #DefundPolice movement isn’t brushed aside”

Sunday morning Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted:

Know that it’s still both, but don’t let the “who” overshadow the decades of structural racism that has created the system that allows police officer after police officer off the hook for murder. I just want us to dig deeper so that the movement isn’t brushed aside.

Too many folks are confused when they hear we need to . I ask you to engage in this debate with an openness. There is real validity in dismantling the current racist system that has led to this pain.

The #DefundthePolice movement and petition is discussed on the BlackLivesMatter.com website. The conclusion is “We call for a national defunding of police.”

From the BlackLivesMatter.com website:

Enough is enough.

Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country.

We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police.

We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.

George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them.

Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and our people are hurting — the violence against Black bodies felt in the ongoing mass disobedience, all while we grapple with a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting, infecting, and killing us.

We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken.

We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word.