Apparently, celebrities like John Legend, The Weekend, and Lizzo are so anti-law enforcement that they want to completely defund the police.
Many celebrities have signed an open letter demanding that local governments defund their police departments.
Umm…. does anyone smell the blatant hypocrisy here?
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Perhaps these celebrities should lead by example!
Before local governments cave into these crazy demands, perhaps these celebrities should fire their personal security teams. And they should also demand that there be no security at the Academy Awards or the Grammy's.
Do you think these celebrities would do that?
Of course not!
They want anarchy for everyone else, but will keep security for themselves!
More on this disgustingly tone-deaf open letter below:
The reality is that the police do MANY good things for our community!
They keep us safe! They respond to emergencies such as auto accidents or domestic abuse cases. They protect the weakest among us.
But instead of fighting for accountability or reforming our police departments, these out-of-touch celebrities want to defund law enforcement altogether!
The Rolling Stones has more details on this open letter:
John Legend, Common, the Weeknd, Lizzo, Jane Fonda, and others have signed a new open letter urging local governments to decrease police budgets in favor of spending more on health care, education, and other community programs. Others to sign the letter include Megan Rapinoe, Yada Shahidi, and Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU.
The letter was released by activist Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and a founding member of the Movement 4 Black Lives, a coalition of more than 100 black-rights organizations. The letter arrives in conjunction with #BlackOutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused, a grassroots campaign within the music industry to pause work today, June 2nd, and “reconnect with our community.” Talib Kweli, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Brie Larson, and Taraji P. Henson also signed on to support the letter.
The open letter ties the deaths of unarmed black people like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and others to the disproportionately devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on black communities. “The COVID-19 deaths and the deaths caused by police terror are connected and consequential to each other,” it states. “The United States does not have a national healthcare system. Instead, we have the largest military budget in the world, and some of the most well-funded and militarized police departments in the world, too. Policing and militarization overwhelmingly dominate the bulk of national and local budgets. In fact, police and military funding has increased every single year since 1973, and at the same time, funding for public health decreased every year, crystallized most recently when the Trump administration eliminated the U.S. Pandemic Response Team in 2018, citing ‘costs.'”
When you consider that states and cities controlled by Democrats are among the most violent in the nation, why would anyone want to listen to these celebrities?
Minnesota and Minneapolis, for example, are run by Democrats at virtually every level!
Have they made things any better?
No, in fact things have gotten worse under them!
Yet... they want the public to believe that defunding the police is the next best choice.
Unfortunately, innocent voters are believing their radical propoganda.
Again, it's easy for celebrities to make asinine demands when they don't have to live with the consequences.
These celebrities have private security guards and private security details for a reason!
Yet... they don't want security and law enforcement for the masses.
This is the epitome of privilege.
The Daily Caller has details on the other celebrities who have signed this open letter:
Wealthy celebrities like soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musicians John Legend and Lizzo, and left-wing activist and actress Jane Fonda have all signed an open letter demanding the “divestment from police.”
The letter was posted on DefendingBlackLives.org and titled, “A Letter to Demand Divestment from Police and an Investment in Black Communities.”
According to Rolling Stone, “The letter was released by activist Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and a founding member of the Movement 4 Black Lives, a coalition of more than 100 black-rights organizations.”
Black Lives Matter is a radical anti-cop activist group. Its members have chanted for dead officers, and a 2016 lawsuit from the father of a slain Dallas officer accused the activist group of inciting the “war on police” that led to his son’s death.
“Black communities across the nation are mourning the deaths of George Floyd, tortured to death by Minneapolis police, Ahmaud Arbery, a jogger who was killed while running in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor an EMT killed while asleep in her bed in Louisville, KY, Dreasjon Reed in Indianapolis and Tony McDade in Tallahassee,” the letter starts. “Their names are added to a devastatingly long list of Black people who have been killed at the hands of vigilantes or law enforcement. Not to mention the others whose names we don’t yet know, and may never know since they were killed without a camera recording it.”
“The COVID-19 deaths and the deaths caused by police terror are connected and consequential to each other. The United States does not have a national healthcare system,” the open letter continues, though many nations with nationalized health care faired far worse with COVID than the U.S.
“Instead, we have the largest military budget in the world, and some of the most well-funded and militarized police departments in the world, too. Policing and militarization overwhelmingly dominate the bulk of national and local budgets,” the letter states.
The activists then claim “Black communities are living in persistent fear of being killed by state authorities like police, immigration agents or even white vigilantes who are emboldened by state actors.”
“Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer,” the letter states.
Though celebrities claim to love peace, they have engaged in radical and often times violent language towards President Trump and law enforcement.
In fact, in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, there has been an increase in attacks on police officers.
The reality is that more people have been killed and more businesses have been damaged as a result of these riots than of the police.
Will the celebrities and their cheerleaders in the media even acknowledge this fact?
Or will they continue to virtue signal for social media brownie points?