Here are various Democratic Party resources to help us understand Police Reform and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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- National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC): Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement
- Rep. Malinowski Speaks on the Floor in Support of the Justice in Policing Act
- Highlights from a Conversation with President Obama about Reimagining Policing
Q. What do Democrats say about police reform today?
The conversation about police reform in the Democratic party is wide-ranging and open to new voices and ideas.
Q: Why can’t you just say “all lives matter” instead of “black lives matter” if one includes the other.
A. Powerful groups of people are acting as if black lives have no meaning. This has to stop. To speak out about the problem, we use the phrase “black lives matter.”
To talk about other things, even legitimate things, it feels like a way of changing the subject. It’s a way of not hearing a concern. It can be experienced as silencing people who do want to talk about black lives.
Q: What is the difference between the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the organization called “Black Lives Matter.”
One is a social movement dedicated to cherishing black lives and the other is a specific organization dedicated to enacting specific reforms that is called Black Lives Matter.
People who agree that Black Lives Matter sometimes disagree about specific reforms which are called for by this organization, such as “Defund the Police.”
Biden and most other Democrats are resisting the left’s calls and floating more modest measures to curtail bad police behavior. “No, I don’t support defunding the police,” Biden told “CBS Evening News” on Monday. “I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community.”