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WAI Think Tank on Why Arguments Against Abolition Inevitably Fail

24 June, 2021

Angela Davis joined the online series Abolition for the People with an argument to dismantle the industrial carceral, and police system. Against the conservative stance of ‘reform’, Davis states that ‘racism is essentially systemic and structural rather than individual and attitudinal’ as repeatedly asserted by health care advocates and anti-police and anti-prison activists over many decades, these stances finally entered mainstream discourse in 2020 under the pressure of COVID 19 and its disproportionate impact on black and brown communities. As architects provide services for the design and construction of detention centres, border infrastructures, and police stations worldwide, ‘Defund the Police’ becomes a manifesto for abolitionist mass mobilizations protesting the police lynching of George Floyd and many others. On one hand, as Davis affirms, ‘defund the police manifested an abolitionist impulse to eschew the usual calls for punishing individual police officers’, while on the other trans activism becomes ever more central invitation to ‘abandon the conventional gender binary – and to comprehend its structural role in defining policing and imprisonment.’ To think about abolition, we must believe in new possibilities.

WAI Think Tank on Why Arguments Against Abolition Inevitably Fail

Angela Davis joined the online series Abolition for the People with an argument to dismantle the industrial carceral, and police system. Against the conservative stance of ‘reform’, Davis states that ‘racism is essentially systemic and structural rather than individual and attitudinal’ as repeatedly asserted by health care advocates and anti-police and anti-prison activists over many deca...