America is in for a reckoning. For too long racist institutions have been allowed to rule our streets with an iron fist. Now is the time to say no mas. And while many brave activists have come out against the police, now it’s time to have an even harder conversation – we need to defund the fire department, and we need to do it now.
For some people, fire is the only warmth and light they have, and we have a whole department devoted to fighting it? That’s classic neo-Liberal bourgeois thinking – using violence to keep the system in place. No, for too long the Fire department has been an instrument of white supremacy protecting the property of the ruling class at the expense of everyone else.
Many alarmists will try to claim that whole cities will go up in flames without fire departments. Our job is not to listen to them. We have faucets, we have hoses and buckets – what do we need a fire department for? Don’t believe the cynics – fight for the dream. Defund the fire department.