As protesters march in the streets, you’ll hear calls to “Defund” or “Disband the Police.” These advocates argue that tweaks and training programs will never be enough to meaningfully alter the course of modern police departments, some of which can trace their origins to slave patrols in the South.
You simply can’t get there, from here, they say. We need to reimagine what we mean by ‘public safety’, and look for other ways to foster healthy communities.
That same revolutionary approach may sharpen our thinking on academic training at a University.
As we grapple with the way our society treats people of color, we can’t turn away from the advantages and obstacles enshrined by our educational system.
Indeed, access to education may be one of the many steps in our path to equality.Read More