Let’s use game day security contracts to require antiracist education, deescalation training, and background checks. Empower activist athletes to facilitate that training. Create an event called The Ultimate Fan Experience for the Boys in Blue. Use the cop’s love of sports to overcome their natural oppositional defiance to change. Use those sideline season tickets & all that overtime as a carrot & stick. Who’s more powerful, police unions or the NCAA + NFL + WNBA etc?
If cops are abolished, who’s going to work security at the Boston Marathon? Blackwater? If private security contractors pop up to fill that void, who would they actually hire, if not recently unemployed, disgruntled, racist excops, whose irrational fear that Black & brown people are coming for their job, has been validated? They’re already trained, and bring their own guns. Do they have badge numbers? Do they wear body cameras? What sort of civilian oversight exists currently? Furthermore, abolishing police doesn’t abolish the racism in their heart.
Tomi Lahren has been speaking at police training seminars. Her message? Using lethal force isn’t anything to feel bad about. If she gets time with cops, why not an antiracist? (Google it)
If the NCAA adopts this program, it could happen at colleges across the country, Before the starts of the fall sports season. Will cops be abolished before then?
The Ultimate Fan Experience for the Boys in Blue.
Wanna #BeTheChage? Here’s an audience of cops, contractually required to listen. Give those cops the opportunity to fail. I’m sure a Black man in charge of a room full of cops, will be able to pick out the cross burners, by the end of a weekend. Might not be able to get them off the force, but could take them off the sideline, and make them work the parking lot.
If universities dovetail this program with their existing criminal justice degrees, some student athletes who participate as facilitators will naturally pursue a career in law enforcement, after sports.
This strategy allows for the identification & removal of actively racist cops, the retraining of the passively racist, while training a whole new crop of cops from scratch, in the process.
Morale, retention, and recruitment is an issue many departments across the country are struggling with. The Ultimate Fan Experience for the Boys in Blue addresses that problem too. Plus, cops that are already demoralized will be further demoralized by being banished to the parking lot. Encourage them to quit.
At some point in a football player’s career, they get fitted for pads. Do something similar, but for cops & body armor, with the caveat that it comes with a self activating camera, with three microphones. This gives the opportunity for legislators to throw money at the problem, while gaining support from the manufacturers, & conservatives.
While we hope & pray that our society will change, to the point where armed security isn’t necessary at large public gatherings, let’s accept reality, and use that institutional relationship to combat racism in the hearts & minds of racists.