Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned young Democrat activists not to use harsh slogans if they wanted to achieve genuine reform in the United States.
It is about the slogan “cancel police funding”, which was used by members of the Black Lives Matter movement (“Black life is important”).
Obama said that if Democrats want to reform the justice system and make it impartial and fair, the use of controversial slogans like “cancel police funding” will immediately deprive them of a large audience of supporters.
According to him, emphasis should be placed on the need to reform the police to make it more fair to everyone, then the army of supporters will grow.
The BBC notes that Obama’s criticism has caused dissatisfaction among some “key black progressive democrats.
The slogan Defund the Police became popular during the mass protests of the movement “The life of blacks is important”, which began in the United States after the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Floyd died on May 25 shortly after being brutally detained by police, officer Derek Shovin strangled him with his leg around his neck. Patrolmen suspected Floyd that he had paid with a forged 20-dollar bill.