There are things we could do to improve policing in the United States as a whole, not just in inner cities. We could make “no knock” police raids illegal, or at least require extraordinary justifications from a court before being carried out. We could end asset seizure laws that allow police to arbitrarily seize individual property accused of being implicated in drug trafficking, or again, require extraordinary justification for asset seizure through court proceedings where the owners of the property and the property itself are assumed innocent until proven guilty.
We could even do away with police unions that far too often fight to keep badly flawed police officers from being fired. It appears that just such a flawed officer was involved in the death of George Floyd which was roundly condemned by just about every part of American society.
But the fact is that whether a white police officer, or a black police officer kills a black person, those deaths are a tiny proportion of all the homicides of black Americans every year. The painful truth is that the vast majority of of black homicide victims are murdered by other blacks -see Repudiate the Anti-Police Narrative.
More than any other communities in America, our inner cities need an effective police force to fight the rampant crime and violence in those communities. We could work to make that police force better, and work to get community support for them, but in end defunding the police is equivalent to encouraging even more violence in the inner cities.
Ok, so why defund the public schools? In My White Privilege I wrote:
“Maybe if some minorities see themselves as underprivileged then maybe they ought to examine their own “ethic” in regards to education, work and personal responsibility.”
Learning to be useful to society and employable at almost any level requires education. Unfortunately a large percentage of young black children in inner cities are not being educated in any meaningful way that will make them employable.
It is not a question of money. Pouring money into public schools in poor neighborhoods has been tried and it was a dismal failure – see “America’s Most Costly Educational Failure.” $2 billion invested in the Kansas City, Missouri public schools had absolutely zero effect on performance. Quoting from the article:
“For more than a decade, the Kansas City district got more money per pupil than any other of the 280 major school districts in the country. Yet in spite of having perhaps the finest facilities of any school district its size in the country, nothing changed. Test scores stayed put, the three‐grade‐level achievement gap between blacks and whites did not change, and the dropout rate went up, not down.”
Why not try something radically different? Why not take the money that is clearly being wasted on public schools in our inner cities and funnel it into a voucher program where parents can send their kids to schools that have a high monetary incentive to succeed? Invest in schools that don’t have a political motive and unions to protect bad and underperforming teachers. Reward truly effective teachers and protect them from the hoodlums that currently disrupt the education of those kids who actually want to learn something.
One thing is absolutely certain. A child that does not get much of an education doesn’t have much of a chance for legal, and gainful employment in America today. Safe schools that work, and an effective police force to protect them are part of the solution.
Update July 6, 2020:
“Over 70 people have been shot, at least 14 of them fatally, by Sunday night over the Fourth of July weekend in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.” Breitbart
Does His Life Matter? Eleven Year Old Killed in Washington D.C. In Washington D.C. over the weekend, 11-year-old Davon McNeal was shot and killed while he watched fireworks and enjoyed a cookout with his family. Townhall
“… not all charter schools are successful. Failing charter schools can have their charters revoked, cutting off access to public funds. That is in stark contrast to failing and corrupt traditional public schools that continue to dine at the public trough.”
“We keep hearing that “black lives matter,” but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police. The other 99 percent of black lives destroyed by people who are not police do not seem to attract nearly as much attention in the media.”
Charter Schools and Their Enemies – Townhall