The Dallas police chief today said activists could make a difference in their communities by joining the police force, but a Black Lives Matter leader on CNN told Don Lemon today that’s a bad idea.
Activist and California State University professor Melina Abdullah said that what Black Lives Matter wants is a “transformation of the system of policing” where black men are being shot down by the police.
Lemon argued that it could be productive for the movement if activists who want to change the system join it so that they could bring about substantive reforms from within. He said that would be a “great way” to change relationships between police and minority communities.
“We don’t,” she shot back, “want to be incorporated into the system of policing that’s fundamentally oppressive.”
Lemon insisted unity is important and said it’s a good opportunity to be teachers in the community. Abdullah asked, “Why would we want police to be teachers?”
Watch above, via CNN.
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