“The suburbs” have been cited as an example of communities that have eliminated police brutality and lower arrests, but even if you live outside of a city, how present the police are in your life still comes down largely to race and class.
What would a society with less policing look like? As calls to defund the police echo across the country, that’s the question activists have to answer from concerned citizens who can’t picture how less police could lead to more safety. When someone asked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez this question on Instagram, she gave an answer that’s appeared frequently across the internet: “It looks like a suburb.”
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