Unsafe Words: F(*****) the police

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Quick notes:
Since I wrote this over a year ago, the issue of police misconduct has been the focal point of multiple scathing Department of Justice reports, numerous investigative journalism pieces, and protests around the country. And not only are lives still being ended, but the dominant narrative atop police force hierarchy has not changed.

I simply want to add my voice (and a cultural component) to the movement of those calling for justice and positive alternatives to our current system.

If you have a suspicion that you’re going to watch about a minute of this and decide I’m an asshole, you’re probably right. And I’m ok with that. I only ask that you keep watching. If you don’t change your mind by the end of the video, my wager is that a few days (or a few weeks or a few years) from now, you’ll recall something you saw in this video, you’ll find some real value in it, and it will make at least a small difference going forward. Worst case, none of that happens and you still think I’m asshole. Fair enough.

If you watched this and thought my rhetoric was too radical, I would suggest your reaction proves how far we have to go. I believe if you take the time (and let your guard down enough) to learn about the problematic history of policing, to objectively examine the myriad of present grievances, and to actively listen to those articulating a vision for serving and protecting in a far more just future, you’ll see how tepid (albeit irreverent) my criticism has been.

If, on the other hand, you watched this and wished I had offered a more radical critique, all I can say is – I know my limitations. There are far more knowledgeable and articulate voices making the case for structural alternatives to modern policing. Political comedy should meet people where they are and then take them somewhere else. This piece is intended to contribute to a dialogue that I hope will lead the public and (especially) the police to take that next step (whatever it may be) toward a system of justice facilitation (as opposed to law enforcement).