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Can Democratic Cities Be Trusted with Police Powers?


Perhaps we've been thinking about this police reform thing all wrong. In 1965, in response to racist abuses by State governments, the federal government (under the leadership of moral paragon Lyndon Johnson) removed the right of State governments to control their own electoral processes. Many Southerners argue that this was an unnecessary federal overreach, but most Americans in the North and on the political Left believe it was a justified response to systemic injustice.

What can we learn from this example?

As the heart of racism in America moves from the Democratic Deep South to the Democratic Inner City, perhaps we can look back to the Civil Rights era for guidance about how to deal with systemically-racist, Democratic governments. President Johnson simply took problematic powers away from the racists and delegated the