In California, a professor has corrected a misconception about the nature of cops.
As relayed by The Daily Wire, a Cypress College communications class recently listened to student Braden Ellis’s report.
At the end, says the adolescent, 10 minutes were to be allowed for classmates to respond.
The teacher took that time to school him and his peers on the reality of law enforcement.
Braden’s Zoom presentation purportedly concerned cancel culture. Per the young man, it’s “so destructive and tearing our country apart.”
Amid his speech, he mentioned last year’s controversy over the kids program Paw Patrol and its positive portrayal of police.
For those who missed it:
— MediaSmarts (@MediaSmarts) June 15, 2020
At the time, NYT assessed the damage:
Paw Patrol seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The (justice/anti-police) movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.
The way Braden saw it, such a thing was untoward.
Furthermore, at some point, he called the boys and girls in blue “heroes.”
Braden’s professor stepped in to set him straight.
For one thing, she made clear, the system is embedded with racism:
“So you brought up the police in your speech a few times. So, what is your…main concern? Since, I mean, honestly…the issue is systemic.”
The teacher also schooled everyone on how such a thing as police departments came to exist.
If I understand correctly, it’s a uniquely American phenomenon…and one that was completely foreign up North:
“[T]he whole reason we have police departments in the first place, where did it stem from? What’s our history? Going back to what [another classmate] was talking about, what does it stem from?”
Do you know?
“It stems from people in the South wanting to capture runaway slaves.”
A classmate joined in, “Maybe [police] shouldn’t be heroes. Maybe they don’t belong on a kid’s show.”
Braden disagreed — he asserted law enforcement officers have a difficult job.
“I think cops are heroes…”
“All of them?” the professor asked.
“I’d say a good majority of them. You have people in every business and every–“
As someone who “has family members who are [police officers],” the teacher fixed his fluke:
“[A] lot of police officers have committed atrocious crimes and have gotten away with it and have never been convicted of any of it.”
“This is not popular to say,” he responded anyway, “but I do support our police.”
There are “bad people,” he noted, who “do bad things” and “should be brought to justice…”
But, the professor pointed out, “They haven’t.”
She put it to him:
“[W]hat is your bottom line point? You’re saying police officers should be revered? Viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows [for] children?”
According to Braden, men and women in law enforcement are heroes “because they come to your need, and they come and help you.”
The instructor conceded they’re supposed “to protect and serve the people.”
He asserted that they do.
The Zoom exchange is just one more indication: The attitude toward law enforcement in America has undeniably been turned on its head.
Until just recently, loads of hit TV shows portrayed people with badges as societal guardians.
On television, even Ice T is a cop:
So is Ice Cube:
— soa_logistics (@soa_logistics) January 18, 2016
Since the advent of the boob tube, police have been emblems of justice:
Yet earlier this week, I covered the story of an actress who’s sworn to turn down any law enforcement series in order to fight white supremacy:
In Order to Fight White Supremacy, an Actress Vows Not to Star in Cop Shows
— RedState (@RedState) April 28, 2021
A new era is certainly upon us.
Back to Braden, he posed, “Who do we call when we’re in trouble and someone has a knife or a gun?”
The professor let the class know what’s what.
What happens if she’s in trouble?
“I wouldn’t call the police.”
Braden asked why.
“I don’t trust them.”
She’s weighed her options:
“My life’s in more danger in their [presence].”
So who would she call?
“I wouldn’t call anybody.”
It’s a strange time — and a sad one — when people feel less safe with police than without them.
But so goes America’s new state of affairs.
And at one small college in California, a teacher’s trying to protect and serve her students — by policing who they hold up as heroes.
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