The Derek Chauvins won’t go away if you just defund the police — it is about power not money

The Derek Chauvins won’t go away if you just defund the police — it is about power not money

White male hegemony has always had armed poorer men to protect their property and kill for them. 

Defunding the public police is going to be useless without stripping the 2nd Amendment from the Constitution. Owing to the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling, private armed security that can shoot to protect another man’s (property) can be interpreted as legal (if security were in fear of their life being in danger.) The Stand Your Ground statutes that enhance the 2nd Amendment further protect an individual security officer or neighborhood watch member from prosecution.

For private security and neighborhood watch groups killing Black people has always been a privately accepted practice.  George Zimmerman would be an example of that. The Heller Supreme Court ruling has made it semi-publicly accepted and tentatively protected by law to also do it in a self-described private security or neighborhood watch group.

Stand Your Ground states (27) ruled homicides justified in 45 percent of cases involving a white shooter and Black victim.

White supremacists play the long game. This isn’t about just money. It is about white male hegemony. You’re not going to make more money shooting your country’s population, but you can better control them.

We had a recent visual demonstration of how much it is not about the money with the Trump Administration. 

While centrist Democrats believe in liberal economics, the financial definition, so it is about the money, with Republicans, it is not. 

Republicans ran up the U.S. National debt to $22 trillion. They decimated free tradeProtectionism loses you money. Racism, sexism, and and homophobia prevents you from hiring smart people who are not white. Smart non-white, non-male, and non- cisgender people who can help make you lots of money. Republicans will hire an incompetent white man and lose money and kill everyone. They do not care about the money.

The obsession with the 2nd Amendment is not about protecting objects. It is about protecting power. 

Private security won’t have to answer to the public. They will answer to their bosses. That is what happens now, but with a private security force, it will be more blatant. 

There is a reason the government compensates the kind of sadist who wants to be a police officer a more just wage. It is to give them motivation other than killing people.

Poorly paid private security will kill more Black people, but it won’t be random. We know what happened in Blackwater. No one wants to be hung from the bridge for retribution. Private security will kill the least powerful, most visually different, and smallest groups to make examples.

Black people are hyper-visible for a reason, and it’s not because the U.S likes them.  

In 2020 murderer and white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse from Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed two people and wounded another during multiple confrontations at two locations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the area’s George Floyd protests. Owing to Wisconsin not being a Stand Your Ground state Rittenhouse’s lawyers most likely will try to argue the armed group he was with falls under the 2008 Heller ruling to get him off—and they might. 

In 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held (5–4) that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual the right to possess firearms independent of service in a state militia and to use guns for traditionally lawful purposes, including self-defense within the home.

  • What is a traditionally lawful purpose?
  • What is a home?
  • What is self-defense?

Black people were property when the 2nd Amendment was written. Money is free speech -Citizens United v. FEC (2010). Corporations are people- Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (2014). 

The 2nd Amendment, along with technology, in its current laissez-faire form, will support white male hegemony in whoever it wants to kill. 

They’ll use drones to record executions of a visually “out-group,” as warnings. 

You often cannot see Black people’s features on new “high tech” cameras. It’ll be easier to watch Black people be murdered that way—just another adversary in a first-person shooter game.

Is it hopeless? No. 

The 2nd Amendment is designed to murder. Let us stop acting as if it’s reformable because we’re scared white supremacists, and our husbands will shoot us. They are going to shoot us anyway.  

The 2nd Amendment needs to be removed, because just defunding the public police will not stop the murders. Digital technology needs policies that help people and respect privacy. 

It doesn’t have to end like an Ayn Rand science fiction dystopian novel, but it can —the left needs to develop a longer game. 

Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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