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Black Lives Matter Pressured Biden to Implement Breathe Act – What That Means

Black Lives Matter pressured Biden to immediately implement the Breathe Act within the first 100 days of his illegitimate Presidency. The Breathe Act abolishes prisons, defunds police, wants reparations, and promises a “new” way forward without “punishment paradigms.”

From the Breathe Act website:

This visionary bill divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing and invests in a new vision of public safety—a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE free.

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We are rising up against all the ways that the criminal-legal system has harmed and failed to protect Black communities. The current moment requires a solution that fundamentally shifts how we envision community-care and invest in our society. History is clear that we cannot achieve genuine safety and liberation until we abandon police, prisons, and all punishment paradigms.

The push has begun to make Biden do what the radical left demands. Easily swayed (if he can remember what they asked), he could be open to things that the left proposes. However, he has previously stated that he is opposed to defunding the police.

The Breathe Act has four sections, one of which is about defunding police, while at the same time encourages “more scrutiny” of law enforcement. Is that contradictory? Seems like it.

One of the BLM founders, Patrisse Cullors, wrote in Teen Vogue:

“Police terror and mass incarceration do not exist in a vacuum. In our country, harm and punishment have invaded every aspect of society, and have done so with surgical racial precision. We see it in the ways we address drug dependency and mental health crises by disproportionately putting Black and Brown people behind bars instead of providing holistic treatment. We see it in inhumane panhandling laws and cash bail that punishes people for being poor. We see it when we suspend Black children from school and give them detention at disproportionate rates. At each step, our government has legitimized punishing Black and Brown people. It is not surprising, then, that the police commit harm and violence against Black and Brown bodies with impunity—and at alarming rates.

We need to radically reimagine our concept of justice and safety. For too long, we have addressed harm with reciprocal harm. Our elected and appointed officials catered to our worst retributive instincts, resulting in mandatory minimums, sentencing enhancements, and over-policing. What did it get us? An unaddressed drug dependency and mental health crisis, jails overflowing with Black and Brown people, and too many lost loved ones to count.”

It comes down to the problem of crime – what to do with it. Though BLM pressured Biden to adopt the bill, it has yet to be introduced in the legislature. Why? Because it’s idiotic. (Yes, I actually said it.) You will not get a social worker to help you in the dead of night when someone breaks into your home. You will not get any social program to assist you in a serious traffic accident when your life or that of a loved one is in jeopardy. We need police and all of our first responders. We also need prisons – when criminals are allowed to freely roam the streets (as they’ve actually been doing in some Democrat-run cities), the populace is in extreme danger. “Holistic treatment” is not always possible with those who intend harm to others.

Many prisons have special programs for repeat offenders – one friend of mine was well aware of the discrimination inside prisons, the kind that should not occur. Is there a solution to it without abolishing prisons? Hopefully, the answer is yes.

If Ms. Cullors lives in an ivory tower where no crime ever touches her, lucky her. The rest of us, however need to be prepared for when the radical fringe destroys lives and not just businesses. And the Breathe Act is the vehicle for doing just that.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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