TOM h. HASTINGS – We need to radically reduce racism going forward and make reparations thus more than simple legal settlement that ignores ongoing harm.
ANOOP MIRPURI – The problems of police violence and mass incarceration are about much more than criminal justice. For this reason, efforts to resolve the current crisis solely at the level of criminal justice are more likely to wind up justifying police violence than ending it. For those who benefit from the way society is currently organized, peace and quiet for some may be more important than peace and justice for everyone. But if weâ€™re really interested in justice, we have to listen to the people our society dismisses as â€œcriminalsâ€ and the millions more vulnerable to being criminalized. We have to acknowledge that police violence isnâ€™t the cause of injustice; itâ€™s the outcome of injustice. Justice canâ€™t be achieved simply by reforming the police. It can be achieved only through the long-term effort of transforming a society that produces such extreme inequalities that the police are seen as necessary.