Our country has made significant progress from the worst days of Jim Crow, we have elected an African-American president to two terms, but there’s an enormous difference between progress and success. That difference is measured in black lives cut short, in the resegregation of our schools, in health disparities, in housing patterns, in drop-out rates, in incarceration rates.
We pushed him to re-think “Community Policing” as this term suggests that the police should be ever-present in black communities — patrolling, tutoring, playing basketball, etc. — sustaining the notion that police presence is what makes people safe. We noted that this idea of “Community Policing” is rarely, if ever, applied to white or wealthy communities — that if these communities had an ever-present police presence, it would be unacceptable.