Virtually every day goes by during which a video appears that shows police and citizens interacting badly. Pool parties in Texas and Ohio are the most recent examples.
Such videos rocket-fuel the hashtag activist crowd. It’s easy to be an anti-cop activist when the bounds of your protest are defined by the number of characters you can tweet out for the world to see.
Perhaps it is time to expect a little more of these activists. We need a day without police. One day in which every police officer in America has the day off. Anti-police activists can then step up their game and show us what, in their view, appropriate public safety looks like.
911 systems can be programmed to forward police emergency calls to local activist’s cell phones. Fight breaks out at the local community pool? Doug can rush over from grandma’s basement, inform everyone that a microaggression has occurred, and that a conversation on race is thus required to resolve the situation. A robbery goes down at the corner store. Nubian Princess can dash right over and help the store owner understand that what just happened was merely redistribution of wealth caused by an unjust American way of life.
Are anti-police activists up for taking on the role of the police for a day? Are they ready to put some street cred on the slick social media campaigning they’ve doled out for months now? Their agenda is on the line.