John Oliver Expertly Disarms Right-Wing Talking Points Over ‘Defund The Police’

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John Oliver devoted his entire Sunday night show to police brutality, arguing it runs hand-in-hand with white supremacy. “The police have not just been incidentally tainted by racism,” Oliver pointed out. “For much of U.S. history, law enforcement meant enforcing laws that were explicitly designed to subjugate Black people.” That, he said, means more than just weeding out a “bad apple,” but rather dismantling an entire system ― and replacing it with something that more effectively serves the communities. The police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis last month set off a wave of protests around the country, with “defund the police” as one of the rallying cries.