Am I Happy the Cop Was Fired?

Written by Julie Quiroz

October 29, 2015

Am I relieved that the cop was fired?

Yes.

Am I happy the cop was fired?

No.

Do I worry that people think this was an isolated incident, rather than a widespread, daily reality for students of color?

Yes.

Do I worry that people think firing individual cops (or teachers or whatever) will solve what are larger policies and practices of criminalization that all of us have allowed to happen?

Yes.

Do I worry that people are more interested in firing cops than in taking responsibility for their own (subtle but damaging) racism and misogyny?

Yes.

Do I participate, passively or actively, in maintaining an education system grounded in competition and fear?

Yes (working on it but yes).

Do I participate, passively or actively, in maintaining a culture of racism, misogyny, and violence?

Yes (working on it but yes).

Am I thinking right now that we should close every single school and start all over with love, healing, and restorative justice at the center?

Yes.

Julie Quiroz

Julie Quiroz lives in Michigan and leads New Moon Collaborations, a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center. www.newmooncollab.org

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