In the wake of the police-involved killing of George Floyd, the movement to defund police departments around the nation has picked up steam, leading to a number of questions about what that actually means. With fears among some that massively cutting back funding for local police enforcement and redirecting that money to marginalized communities, with a focus on social justice and social services, education, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence, among other priorities, could lead to lawlessness in the streets, John Legend stepped up on Sunday (June 7) to offer a primer on what defunding could mean.
"I know this word 'defund' has caused some controversy, even from some who are inclined to agree with a lot of the underlying arguments," wrote Legend. "Some hear that word and envision The Purge, some dystopian descent into anarchy." Legend wrote that some are looking to intentionally cast the argument in the extreme to score political points, so he asked reasonable Americans to indulge him and engage in a thoughtful discussion on the concept.