Colin Kaepernick Calls for Abolishing Police and Prisons
Colin Kaepernick, who prior to the pandemic was one of the few unemployed people in Trump’s America, has revealed that he doesn’t simply want police “reform,” he wants to do away with the entire justice system.
Earlier in the week Kaepernick published an article titled “The Demand for Abolition.” If you thought “defund the police” was insane, Kaepernick is here to up the ante.
ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE: The Movement For a Future Without Policing & Prisons
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 6, 2020
The article is packed with all your usual progressive buzzwords arguing for the need to dismantle systematic systems of structural institutions to make spaces for liberated BIPOC communities (and I’m only being slightly facetious here). Kaepernick argues that the institution of policing is rooted in “anti-Blackness,” which is odd considering the extensive history of policing in countries with few or no black people. “The central intent of policing is to surveil, terrorize, capture, and kill marginalized populations, specifically Black folks” he claims. That there are nearly 700,000 police officers in America and was only thirteen unarmed black men killed by police least year (most of which in situations deemed justified) indicates otherwise.
“In order to eradicate anti-Blackness, we must also abolish the police. The abolition of one without the other is impossible” Kaepernick concludes.
And in his world, we don’t need prisons either. He quotes communist and “prison abolitionist” Angela Davis blaming society for the existence of criminals rather than criminals themselves. “Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings. Prisons do not contain a ‘criminal population’ running rampant but rather a population that society has repeatedly failed” she argues. Perhaps Davis, who was awarded the ironically titled Lenin Peace Prize, could then explain why a study comparing the citizens of communist East Germany and West Germany found that East Germans are far more likely to cheat and exhibit other dishonest traits. Every society is going to have some degree of criminality, but socialist and communist ones tend to have more.
Of the prospect for police reform, Kaepernick bluntly writes “F*** reform.” He references himself calling for change in 2016 when he was first asked about not standing for the National Anthem. “My critique of police terrorism was fastened to a reformist framework. My want for accountability focused on the cops receiving convictions and punishment, not acquittals and paid vacations. But I had missed the larger picture,” he writes. “Ultimately, I realized that seeking reform would make me an active participant in reforming, reshaping, and rebranding institutional white supremacy, oppression, and death,” he insanely concludes.
Like every social justice warrior nowadays, Kaepernick is deliberately vague. Every problem is blamed on some abstract “system,” and then it’s simply up to us to take a leap of faith and believe whatever he says, lest we be branded racist for disagreeing.