As we remember George Floyd on the second anniversary of his murder, we need an earnest and prolific discussion to address the issues of public safety, police brutality, and criminal justice reform.
In our op-ed in Blavity, we write how Floyd’s and the murders of other Black Americans at the hands of the police sparked one of the largest and most diverse political mobilizations in history. As a result, most Americans believe a significant reconfiguration of public safety is necessary, one that pinpoints the root causes of crime and rejects a “tough on crime” approach that increases police presence.
These findings can be seen nationwide, with our own BlackTrack poll indicating Black voters support redirecting resources from police departments to fund community services. In addition, the popularity of the Black Lives Matter movement also signifies the want to reform federal policing practices and address racism head-on.