The Vermont-based ice cream company posted a detailed analysis on its website about what the police prevention movement means.
“Discard the police” means that we stop spending our tax dollars on so many of the unreliable, dangerous and racist parts of policing and instead invest this money in community-based solutions that promote real health, peacekeeping and security, ”the company says.
Like many companies, Ben & Jerry’s made a strong show of support for Black Lives Matter in the days following George Floyd’s tragedy, urging Americans to “break the white supremacy” and “fight the sins of our past.”
But almost none of these companies have made public statements about weakening the police.
There was no doubt in Ben & Jerry’s statement on Friday: “This September 19, on the true Independence Day of our nation, it’s time to break free from a dangerous, racist model of law enforcement and work on a new vision. building a thriving community where all people have what it takes to be healthy and safe. “