I've worked in software development for over 20 years, and most of my career has been in management. I want to share something about the reality of working as a Black man fulfilling leadership roles in tech.
I guarantee you that the people who argue “abolish policing” have thought about this concept 100x more thoroughly than every single person who reacts “haha that’s dumb” has thought about their reflexive defense of the need for police/prisons
Understand that the call to abolish police is also a call to allocate adequate funds and resources to mental health services, livable wages, food security and all other societal factors which facilitate the ‘crimes’ you believe we need police protection from.
I worked with people with mental illness and violent offenders as a therapist for years. I was trained in de-escalation and in the proper way to physically restrain clients who were endangering themselves or others. I carried no weapons. And I was just a fucking therapist.
I was arrested on June 2nd, 2020 with around 100 other protesters in Los Angeles. While I was ziptied and facing the wall, two male officers joked behind me about my gender presentation: "Do you think it's a female? Are you sure?"
have y’all ever heard anyone say it’s “just one bad doctor”???? naw. they lose their licenses, they get sued, they get thrown in JAIL for medical malpractice. why? bc there’s no room for mistakes or error in a profession that you swear to protect and help the people, PERIOD
The pipeline problem does NOT exist. 10 yrs ago I was a CS undergrad getting told I wasn’t smart enough, while that same bitch ass school was hanging fliers for “girls in STEM” scholarships. Kiss my entire black ass if you think it’s not your own fault you can’t find black talent