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We have another language problem

In case it's not obvious to anyone reading this, the phrase "defund the police" is ten kinds of stupid and needs to be banned from everywhere. It's not even accurate and it implies actions that will alienate people who don't or won't bother to think it through.

Alternative language is critically important, so let's hear some possibilities. Please, please, please, jump in with ideas before this train gets too far out of the station. Here's a short list of top-of-mind possibilities.

Day 82

It's been a week since I wrote a "day" post. Not only have I not much to say, I've also taken a personal pledge to shut up and listen. That's not because of the virus, but because of the other epidemic we're facing: violence against black people.

Marcia Morey on criminal justice reform

A great representative and a good friend, Marcia Morey also has served for 18 years as a judge. Her perspective about reforms is invaluable. Here's an excerpt:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the text of a letter state Rep. Marcia Morey, D-Durham -- who spent 18 years as a District Court Judge in Durham County – has sent to constituents and others who have contacted her office concerning the death of North Carolina native George Floyd and issues of racism and discrimination in law enforcement.

Gov. Cooper to Resident Trump: We're waiting for answers.

Looks like Governor Cooper is holding firm on hosting a safe convention. Very glad to see this clear, solid letter to the RNC.

Day 74

Pitting people against one another has long been part of the GOP playbook.

Day 73

One of three scenarios will emerge as the dominant race-war narrative over the next few weeks.

1. Violence and destruction is mostly the result of white people trying to stir up a race war.

2. Violence and destruction is mostly the result of black people who are fed up from being terrorized by white people and, especially, police departments.

3. Both sides are equally guilty of causing violence and destruction.

Which do you think it will be?

Day 71

Jack Dorsey needs to remove Trump from Twitter. He's promoting death threats and violence, which for any other person on Twitter would mean automatic banning. It's not that hard, Jack, just use the algorithm that's in place for millions of other users.

Day 70

Our daughter is home for a while, so we're having to work through how to "be" together. What's safe? What's ridiculous? Hard stuff. We don't think she's been exposed, but you never know. She has no symptoms and testing is inconclusive (and painful). Figuring it all out isn't as easy as "do this" and "don't do that."

One thing I wonder about is masks, which seem central to Covid 19 containment.

Day 69

This is day 69, same as my age, 69. Man, I'm getting old too old for this stuff.

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