"The system is not broken, it is working exactly how it was designed to work"- this statement has brought clarity to my understanding of how the cycle of exploitation, dehumanization and oppression is at the core of the US. It is an essential part of its foundations and therefore, if anything is going to be changed, the whole house needs to be torn down. This has helped me better understand the defund the police campaign - as I understand now that a completely different model of law enforcement is needed.
It seems that US society is so rooted in the concept of redlining that this will take longer to break down.. maybe a generational shift if mortgages are made equitable as well as employers etc. The whole notion of property tax funding schools, and this is why schools in low income areas are lacking in resources is crazy to me. Funding should be centralized and shared equally throughout states, regardless of the catchment area. Is it naive of me to think that this type of reorganisation and reform should be relatively straightforward? Probably.
History is everything. The future requires a clean break.