One David Shor has been fired for linking, in a calm non-inflammatory manner, to some academic research on how violence in protests makes voters oppose the protests.1
David Shor did not advocate for anything that Martin Luther King would not had supported under the same circumstances. Indeed, he made the same point MLK’s daughter made in response to the George Floyd riots: “The only way to get constructive change is through nonviolent means”.2
To quote a letter written by four professors opposing this attempt at cancel culture:6
The principles of free inquiry and free expression are the cornerstones of enlightenment philosophy and the basis of a fully democratic society. Without them, what is left is authoritarianism, ideological tribalism, or mere traditionalism.Objective facts are facts, and attacking or firing people who state facts that make one uncomfortable do not change the facts, any more than the Roman Catholic church threatening to torture Galileo because he said the earth rotates around the sun made the sun decide to rotate around the earth instead.
I recently found someone who said we should literally abolish the police in a somewhat fringe “pulp magazine” website. We now have a piece in the opinion section of The New York Times advocating the same thing.7
Fortunately, there is some sanity left in the world: The comments section by and large explains why removing the police would be quite foolish, something I blogged about earlier this month.
I can see why some people see the police as a hostile occupying force, but eliminating them would be throwing out the baby (public safety) with the bathwater (police brutality).
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