The movement to “defund the police” seems to be catching on very quickly in Hollywood.
Actress Natalie Portman is among those backing the effort, and now, she has confessed that it was her so-called “white privilege” that stopped her from speaking up on the matter sooner, Breitbart reports.
Drinking the Kool-Aid
When the idea of defunding the police was initially brought up in the wake of the recent death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody, most people dismissed it. Common sense dictates that if there are no police, criminals will run rampant.
According to the far left, though, that is a myth — and the only reason white people feel that way is because of their privilege. Just ask Natalie Portman, who no doubt is regularly surrounded by a security team and who probably lives in a virtually crime-free area.
“When I first heard [about defunding the police], I have to admit my first reaction was fear,” Portman wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday. “My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family, and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror… Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country,” she added.
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When I first heard #defundthepolice, I have to admit my first reaction was fear. My whole life, police have made me feel safe. But that’s exactly the center of my white privilege: the police make me as a white woman feel safe, while my black friends, family and neighbors feel the opposite: police make them feel terror. And for good reason. Police are the 6th leading cause of death for black men in this country. These are not isolated incidents. They are patterns and part of the system of over-policing of black Americans. Reforms have not worked. Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered, is one of the most progressive police forces in the country, having undergone extensive anti-bias training. I am grateful to the leaders in the @mvmnt4blklives who have made us question the status quo. And who have made us imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment. I’ve gotten to the age in my life, where if my gut feels uncomfortable, I take the situation as wrong. But this concept initially made me uncomfortable because I was wrong. Because the system that makes me feel comfortable is wrong. #defendblacklives#defundthepolice Swipe right for additional resources via @theslacktivists
Here’s the truth
Portman was openly mocked in the comments section of her post, including by someone using the handle “memoriesofone99,” who wrote: “Might be the dumbest thing you have ever uttered. Let’s all hope there is no such thing as humanity either. Gimme a break.” The comment received over 700 likes.
Meanwhile, a commenter under the username “justinbrinkmeier” got over 500 likes for a comment that read, “So this is how liberty dies… with thundering applause.”
But Portman did more than just anger fans with her Instagram post — she also may have gotten some of the facts wrong. The statistic she mentioned claiming that death by cop is the sixth leading cause of death among young black men originated from a University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and Washington University study that alleged about 100 out of every 100,000 young black men will die at the hands of a police officer, or .001%.
However, as Breitbart reports, the top 10 causes of death among non-Hispanic black males between the ages of 20 and 44, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include suicide, heart disease, and cancer — “police use of force” isn’t mentioned by the CDC, though homicide remains at No. 1.
Of course, any death caused by police is tragic, but Floyd’s killing late last month should be held up as an example of what not to do — not as a characterization of all law enforcement officials.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has promised that “defunding” the police simply isn’t in the cards. “There won’t be defunding. There won’t be dismantling of our police, and there’s not going to be any disbanding of our police,” the president said Monday, according to The Hill. “Our police have been letting us live in peace, and we want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there.”