The Democratic representatives of the US House of Representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as the newest member of the AOC’s democratic-socialist bloc, Cori Bush, are pushing against President Obama’s recent criticism of the slogan “Defund the Police”.
Obama argued in a recent interview that the slogan was “snappy” and counterproductive:
“You lost a huge audience the moment you say it, which makes it much less likely that you will actually make the changes you want. The key is deciding whether you want to actually get something done or whether you want to be comfortable with the people you already agree with. “
No, it really isn’t. The “whole point of protest” is not “to make people uncomfortable”. It is to be won. Sometimes, especially with corporations and politicians, the discomfort forces them to act – simply to stop the pain. But at other times, such as when dealing with public opinion, often try to woo, not anger, your audience. For example, on LGBT civil rights issues, if we were to organize a particular campaign of action, we would put a disgruntled side to Congress and American businesses, and a warmer, fuzzy side on television to reach the American people. Both carrot and whip have their place. But they are tools – they are not goals in and of themselves …
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