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Thomas L. Freedman, three-time Pulitzer Award winner and regular columnist at The New York Times
One thing that is appreciated by the people of Trump's team is that when they speak the truth with a blush, you speak in such a way that you wonder if they really said it aloud. This was the thought that came to my mind recently when Kallian Conway said, 'The more uproar and violence reigns, the better it will be to choose the right option for law and order.'
would be better? How can anyone be 'better' in America, when there will be so much uproar and violence here. It can only be better for one person- for Donald Trump. The cost of each riot and loot is 10 thousand votes for Trump to be re-elected. So Joe Biden has a challenge to convince voters that he takes violence and policing seriously, to gather a majority.
If you want to understand Biden's challenge, then study the struggle of my hometown Minneapolis. On the one hand are the ultra-liberals of the Minneapolis City Council, who voted to remove the police department after a cop killed George Floyd and supported the creation of a 'Community Safety and Violence Prevention Department'.
Those opposing it are an emerging coalition of black and white leaders from north Minneapolis. They are not in favor of ending the police department at a time when violence, firing incidents are increasing around them, especially after the epidemic due to increased unemployment and discouraged police forces. In the past, 100 police officers have already been removed due to various reasons.
Some resigned, some were fired, and some quit the job due to the stress caused by the George Floyd case. It is feared that less than the budget of 888 policemen scheduled for this year, policemen may escape in Minneapolis. People opposing the closure of the police department are now demanding police reforms. Such families say that we cannot jeopardize the safety of our community for the lofty goals of the City Council.
Overall, people opposing the dismantling of the police department say the council should retain a fair number of police officers. If the leadership does not have the intelligence to keep our city safe, then they can at least follow the rules.
Recently rumors spread that the policeman shot black while he committed suicide. After this, many shops were damaged in the violence. Many of the shopkeepers who had already been robbed in the George Floyd case are afraid to start the business again. In such a situation, closing the police department will only worsen the situation.
Sondra, who runs the Northside Achievement Zone, an organization working for the education and interests of blacks, says, “Education and family stability can remove poverty.” This creates a healthy society and black Americans can recognize their full potential. But all this cannot happen amidst the uproar. We have to be able to say both things. That the lives of blacks matter and that violent protests cannot be allowed to break the city. '
But we also have a third case. She says, “What Martin Luther King Jr. said in the 1960s is still relevant today.” King described the riots as “suicidal”, but also said that “riots are their language, which were not listened to.” And what is it that the US could not hear?
He failed to hear that the suffering of the Negro poor has been increasing over the years. He could not hear that the promises of freedom and justice were not fulfilled. He failed to hear that a large section of white society was more concerned about tension release and status quo, not justice, equality and humanity.
And so in the true sense, America's late winter is behind America's rioting heat. “King argued that only economic development and social justice” can fully guarantee the prevention of riots. “
This is the reason that if Biden prepares its correct structure, says it correctly, then he can become the real candidate of 'law and order' in this election. Because they do not want to remove the police, they want to improve them. This is the way through which you can all respect the law.
Biden knows that sustainable law and order can only be given by the president who can build a healthy and just society. Not the president who thinks that it would be politically better for him to keep the society divided.
(These are the author's own views)