‘Defunding the Police’ Would Be Catastrophe for Black People Especially

By Roger L. Simon
Roger L. Simon
Roger L. Simon
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and TRUTH Social @rogerlsimon.
June 4, 2020Updated: June 7, 2020


It wasn’t enough to throw Molotov cocktails into squad cars, or hurl recently bought, pristine bricks at the backs of cops’ heads or through the windows of their precincts.

Now, we must “Defund the Police” as well.

That along with a new call-and-response-on-your-knees demonstration of white fealty to blacks (compare Bethesda, Maryland, and West Hollywood, California) are the most recent tropes in our ongoing, Robespierre-like societal suicide.

I wonder how real-life African Americans feel about that latter unbelievably bizarre, cultish display of Caucasian virtue-signaling gone berserk.

The truth is that nearly everything that is declared as righteous or politically correct by our liberal/progressive elites (for 10 minutes, anyway) and trumpeted as such by the media is the reverse; it’s usually a horrendous idea.

Nothing is more so than “Defund the Police.”

Well, not completely. It’s a perfectly good idea for Hollywood celebrities (many of whom back it in a big way) and high-level corporate execs who almost always have their own well-trained, 24-hour personal security forces armed with the latest high-tech gizmos that would be the envy of El Chapo.

What do they care about those working-class non-entities, also known as the police? They’re for the hoi polloi, the ignorant masses.

Of course, those same hoi polloi are you and me and, especially, the disadvantaged communities where the vast amount of crime occurs.

What happens when a single mother’s 4-year-old in Compton gets wounded in a crossfire between gangs? Who does she call to get help so that it won’t happen again? LeBron James’s chief of security?

There are dozens of possible examples. I could go on, but the point is too obvious—defunding the police hugely harms the very people it’s supposed to help.

So why is it proposed? The only conclusion I can think of is that it’s part of a propaganda campaign, of which the goal isn’t just putting Donald Trump out of office, but ultimately overthrowing the state.

This would be achieved via the media and elites—whether they realize it or not, but inspired by their own Trump hatred—making inadvertent common cause with Antifa, the recently surfaced Boogaloo (whoever they are), and a whole host of socialist, communist, anarchist, and other radical actors working together or separately.

The irony is that—were they to succeed—another form of police would take over that would make the current version seem like the mildest of social workers out of an afternoon Hallmark special. NKVD, anyone?

Was any of this, will any of this, be to the betterment of the actual lives of African Americans? Don’t be ridiculous. They are beside the point. They are a prop.

Indeed, looked at from any angle, thanks to the intersection of COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd, a massive cloud has fallen over America—and it isn’t from tear gas or smoke bombs.

Emotions rule over intellect as never in our lifetimes. Race is being exploited as never before. In the old days, it really was a problem. Now it is, largely, an illusion exploited for reasons of power and control. Racism must be fanned, even where it doesn’t exist—especially where it doesn’t exist—in order to take that control.

But this is about murder, and murder is the most dastardly of acts. We don’t even need the Ten Commandments to tell us that.

Nevertheless, why, exactly, did this white cop allegedly kill this black man? We don’t really know. Was it because of race? It’s a good possibility, but there are several other conceivable motivations. Apparently, they worked at the same club. We may never know the truth in the current hysteria.

But even if we assume—as the media and our liberal friends do—that it has to be race, such a killing by a cop is an extremely rare occurrence, and one that has become increasingly rare over the years. You wouldn’t know that watching CNN, or almost anyone else for that matter.

We are in the middle of a racist epidemic, they tell us. And it is your fault. I bet you didn’t know that. How ignorant you are.

Now, repeat after me …

Roger L. Simon is The Epoch Times’ senior political analyst. He is also a prize-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.