A new survey conducted by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), in collaboration with GenForward at the University of Chicago, shows broad support among Black Americans for defunding police and instead funding alternatives to policing. Specifically, the survey found that two-thirds of Black Americans support reinvesting police budgets in health care, education, and housing. The study’s authors refer to this as central to an “invest/divest approach to public safety.”
Dr. Amara Enyia, policy and research director for M4BL and senior advisor for the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy at The New School, spoke with YES! Racial Justice Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES Presents: Rising Up With Sonali about the survey’s results and how they can be applied.