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Illustration for article titled Say This Not That: Say “Move Money to Community Resources” or “Direct Money to Community Action”, Not “Defund the Police” #MoveMoney #SayThisNotThat

“REALLOCATE RESOURCES” is one I especially appreciated, in part because one of the psychopathological “needs” of those who enjoy hoarding resources at the especial expense of oppressed folks is that they also enjoy having those people have to come to them to get what they need instead of being generally self-sufficient (see generally, 1921 Tulsa Black Wall Street Massacre, which was not made up for the Watchmen HBO limited series, which unfortunately some people still believe).

Plus, it – along with “Move Money” – is nicely alliterative (which helps people remember it when “DEFUND THE POLICE OHNOOOESS!!11!” is being screeched at them).

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This piece hopes to remain relatively short, since looking around the general community threads seem to be such a supportive source of information, even more so than usual (let us not forget we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, geez).

But I felt validated raising the topics since I keep hearing the phrase engineered to strike fear but also still hear people who want to advocate for RESOURCE REALLOCATION still struggling to find the most persuasive phrases — to the point where one of my favorite rhetoric PhDs has already written something on the topic w/a metaphor I might start using even as I generally think it’s better to focus on the most universal positive outcome (and Gotham is generally pretty dark, lol).

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The general message needs to be either “Move Money” or “Reallocate Resources to Community Programs” … not just so that white men who “feel” as though their military toys are being yanked away seek new ways to retaliate and obstruct … but to paraphrase Professor Crunk’s endlessly repetitions (as every scholar and pundit and correspondent of color has endlessly said and continues to endlessly say), “When the folks most marginalized are put in charge of the allocation of public resources, not just the most marginalized people do better – WE ALL do better.”

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(You may or may not also have heard yours truly mention something similar a few hundred times.)

I was already encouraged by hearing the Dallas Mayor, currently a black man, striving to make the white lady CNN correspondent who asked again anxiously “Butbutbut do you really need to defund the police??” redefine her terms as he defined his own, saying that during his time as a legislator prior to becoming mayor and so during his entire tenure in public service, actually legislating and administering for the public good and its consequent allocation of resources.

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Yet and still, I keep seeing Wolf Blitzer’s rabbit face practically shrieking “DEFUND THE POLICE” every time he asked the question, to the point where Cornell William Brooks, former NAACP President and current Harvard professor couldn’t even calm him down, and the panel had to bring in Jeffrey Napolitano (which still didn’t work, because, for the iffity-fifth time, we have to be especially vigilant in using all personal resources to remain calm and logical in the face of people whose purposes it serves to have us all whipped into an ongoing state of anxiety … which is also bad for all our internal organs).

I’m hoping this will be a simple shift of thought for most thinking folks. I don’t know how long it will take, I don’t know the extent to which there will be pushback for it from the greedy fearmongers who want to hog all the resources for themselves and get the people who believe them to blame the “others” who don’t look like them who for the most part have even less (see generally Professor Tim Snyder as well as everything I’ve written trying to offer folks material to further research the concept of sado-populism, which the Greedy Oligarch Parasites will wield with blunt force whenever they are allowed to do so).

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OTOH, this would be a glaring example of what NOT to do, and even as I am fairly sure the oppositional one will rush to do this the more people who make it clear that they don’t want him to do it (especially as there’s all this emphasis on “changing the minds of BLACK Americans” – even from the so-called “well-meaning” anchors, as opposed to changing the minds of WHITE Americans, which is where the emphasis of a reformative movement REALLY belongs) – and especially since when a whole school and faculty voted not to have her speak in the wake of her father’s … well, general racism … she was insistent on putting her stupid clueless tone-deaf speech online anyway (especially when all they are doing is denialism and I wish these clueless CNN reporters would STOP PUTTING THOSE STUPID SOUNDBITES ON THE AIR UNTIL THEY’VE LEARNED WHY IT’S TRAUMATIC AND TO STOP DOING IT):

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IMO we want to focus on the people who will benefit and the benefits to the whole community that will inure. But we all individually have to be vigilant about our OWN language in order to make that happen.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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