'Defund the Police' Splits the Black Caucus. Or Does It?

Source: The Atlantic - View Original Article
Published: Jul 31, 2020
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66% Liberal


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99% "He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage."
92% "Following Lewis's death, several members redoubled their commitment to his work."
89% "You restructure it, Representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told me."
86% "Clyburn introduced a bill to rename the legislation that would modernize the Voting Rights Act after Lewis, whose life's work was perfecting American democracy."
78% "We want to hear what you think about this article."
70% "There's been a very reductive, binary narrative that paints the CBC as this monolith of moderate black voices in Congress and then progressives as outsiders, Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party, told me."
68% "That in all of us, there's a longing to do what's right."
59% "But for 22 years, Representative Gregory Meeks told me, that budget has basically been ignored and not taken seriously."
58% "Representative Ayanna Pressley, who alongside Representative Rashida Tlaib threw her support behind the Breathe Act, which would eliminate some federal programs that finance police, defended the defund movement, saying it was about the investment in our communities, which have historically been divested from."
-51% "The younger group has, however, been adding to its ranks."
-62% "Caucus leaders' endorsement was reminiscent of their decision to endorse Michael Capuano, another white incumbent, over Pressley in 2018."
-66% "Lewis never thought of himself as particularly special, President Barack Obama noted to those who gathered yesterday at Ebenezer Baptist Church to celebrate Lewis's life."
-70% "Still, some members of the CBC did not share their colleagues' apprehension about the phrase."
-71% "They work with him, so they chose to endorse him."
-80% "Until he died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month, Lewis was the longest-serving member of the caucus."

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99% : "He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage.
92% : Following Lewis's death, several members redoubled their commitment to his work.
91% : The world John Lewis helped create
91% : The entire caucus, young and old, has long championed systemic reforms in education, health care, housing, and policing.
89% : You restructure it," Representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told me.
86% : Clyburn introduced a bill to rename the legislation that would modernize the Voting Rights Act after Lewis, whose life's work was perfecting American democracy.
85% : The current awakening among white liberals, he suggested, will change that calculation.
85% : A new Gallup poll found that roughly two-thirds of Americans support the recent protests against racial injustice -- and 53 percent believe the demonstrations will increase public support for equality.
85% : Despite their policy differences -- and disagreements over language -- that realization is what truly unites them.
84% : They scrawled the phrase on signs, emblazoned it on banners, and painted it on streets.
84% : We should be deploying a mental-health clinician.
84% : Connect Twitter
82% : In an interview with Time, Pressley sang a similar tune.
82% : Prominent CBC members -- Clyburn, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Representative Maxine Waters, and others -- had endorsed Engel, the incumbent.
81% : Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.
78% : Other members of the CBC toed the same line: Redefine policing.
78% : The moderates chased incremental change; the progressives wanted radical action.
78% : We want to hear what you think about this article.
77% : Across the nation, protesters chanted "Defund the police."
77% : And like Lewis, many of the caucus's elder statesmen were once activists themselves.
77% : Adam Harris is a staff writer at The Atlantic.
76% : "Not only do we need to disinvest from the police, but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department," Representative Ilhan Omar told protesters at a rally in June.
75% : Those who are now ready to confront systemic racism will be meeting many members of the CBC where they have always been.
72% : Yet the disagreement obscured the fact that most CBC members were saying similar things.
70% : "There's been a very reductive, binary narrative that paints the CBC as this monolith of moderate black voices in Congress and then progressives as outsiders," Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party, told me.
68% : "We should take a lot of emergency issues out of policing," Clyburn said.
68% : That in all of us, there's a longing to do what's right."
66% : Bowman campaigned on progressive causes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All -- and echoed calls to defund the police.
66% : If the CBC is Congress's conscience, Lewis was its soul.
65% : Each year, the caucus submits an alternative budget that aims to address racial disparities.
64% : The debate set up an easy dichotomy: Older, more moderate members of the CBC had diverged from the younger, progressive flank.
64% : That has not been true for at least as long as Representative Barbara Lee -- one of the most progressive members of Congress -- has been in office, he said.
64% : Read: Barack Obama's eulogy for John Lewis
62% : Every member of the CBC knows that combatting systemic racism has always been about more than just policing.
59% : "But for 22 years," Representative Gregory Meeks told me, "that budget has basically been ignored and not taken seriously."
58% : Representative Ayanna Pressley, who alongside Representative Rashida Tlaib threw her support behind the Breathe Act, which would eliminate some federal programs that finance police, defended the defund movement, saying it was "about the investment in our communities, which have historically been divested from."
57% : They have a relationship with him.
56% : Last month, Jamaal Bowman, a Black public-school principal, won his primary against longtime New York Representative Eliot Engel.
55% : Restructure the police.
55% : "Unfortunately, the way the system works now is: They've known Congressman Engel for decades.
54% : Although 50 percent of Black people supported the idea of defunding the police in the Politico poll, that number jumped to 61 percent when the question was whether or not they support redirecting funds from police to schools or other community programs.
53% : But not all of the older members of the CBC can be accurately portrayed as moderates, even compared with Bowman or Omar.
49% : "What the hell do you do with a structural problem?
49% : The younger group has, however, been adding to its ranks.
48% : The split in the caucus is paralleled in the country writ large: Just 18 percent of Baby Boomers, regardless of party, support calls to defund the police, while 38 percent of Millennials and 54 percent of Gen Zers do, according to a June Politico/Morning Consult poll.
48% : "Why are we deploying the police when there is an individual who's battling mental illness?
47% : As my colleague Annie Lowrey noted, the two ideas are often one in the same.
46% : I would expect them to endorse me because I'm the more viable candidate," Bowman told my colleague Edward-Isaac Dovere in June.
45% : Even the late Representative John Lewis, whose funeral was yesterday, didn't explicitly support defunding -- although he insisted that the activists pushing the idea be heard.
43% : Why Joe Biden has his eyes on Karen Bass
41% : "I wouldn't expect them to endorse me because I'm Black ...
38% : Caucus leaders' endorsement was reminiscent of their decision to endorse Michael Capuano, another white incumbent, over Pressley in 2018.
34% : Clyburn helped organize the first sit-ins in South Carolina.
34% : Lewis never thought of himself as particularly special, President Barack Obama noted to those who gathered yesterday at Ebenezer Baptist Church to celebrate Lewis's life. "
32% : But among the Congressional Black Caucus, which likes to call itself the "conscience of Congress," many lawmakers who shared the protesters' rage did not join the chorus.
30% : Still, some members of the CBC did not share their colleagues' apprehension about the phrase.
29% : They work with him, so they chose to endorse him.
20% : Until he died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month, Lewis was the longest-serving member of the caucus.
19% : John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do," Obama said.
12% : "That's probably one of the worst slogans ever," Representative Karen Bass, the chair of the group, told The Washington Post, before quickly pivoting to a discussion on how substance-abuse or mental-health issues should not be handled by police.

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