Nashville Group Compares Abolishing Police to Integration and Abolishing Slavery


Members of the grassroots coalition that wrote, petitioned, and campaigned for Nashvillians to create the Metro Community Oversight Board this week compared the idea of defunding police to some of history’s greatest civil rights accomplishments.

And members of this group, Community Oversight Nashville, also pushed socialism and communism as the best way forward for blacks.

Members of Community Oversight Nashville said as much on their Twitter feed this week.

One Twitter user quoted a media report that suggested that defunding law enforcement is impossible. But members of Community Oversight Nashville chimed in and said this:

“So did abolishing slavery and integration.”

In response, Twitter user @TheVastRightWin said this:

“What sane person would want to live in Nashville with clowns like you in any position of authority?”

And members of Community Oversight Nashville this week retweeted remarks from Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, who boasted that he and his colleagues were about “to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.”

“And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together,” Ellison wrote.

“We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.”

In their retweet, members of Community Oversight Nashville said “This can be us, NASHville.”

On their Twitter feed, members of the group also retweeted the words of Nashville resident Josh Black, who said “we need to unlearn capitalism and begin studying the principles of socialism.”

“It’s easy to tear down a racist system. The tough part will be building a new society based on equality,” Black wrote.

“Capitalism is anti-black. Socialism/Communism is pro-black.”

As The Tennessee Star reported in 2018, Nashville voters approved a civilian oversight board over police as part of a referendum.

One day after the vote, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President James Smallwood said it’s important the board not exclude the perspectives of law enforcement officers.

As reported, FOP members also said they had serious constitutional concerns about the board and that it was a “set up for some means of retaliation and retribution for a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Without the oversight board, FOP members previously told The Star, people can already file complaints with an officer’s supervisor, the district attorney’s office, the US attorney’s office, or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and even the FBI.

If they so choose, they could even go through the civil courts, FOP members added.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Nashville Police Car” by Josh Beasley. CC BY 2.0.





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11 Thoughts to “Nashville Group Compares Abolishing Police to Integration and Abolishing Slavery”

  1. William Delzell

    I am for a police force that the whole public controls, not just a few rich oligarchs. If we continue with a police force, let’s make sure we can keep it accountable to even the most economically poor among us. Our taxes pay their salary.

    When I went to school, the authorities told us that the police served us. I used to think that was true and I would be okay with that. Except the police departments answer only to powerful, usually right-of-center, white officials who operate without accountability.

    When I used to still naively think that police served all of us, I was shocked that one of the first cities in the U.S. to have a police force (Charleston, SC) during the antebellum era, used its police force not to protect the law-abiding from common street criminals or to guide city traffic, but instead to capture fugitive slaves for super-wealthy slave-holders and to murder Native Americans for sport.

    I know we have several decent police officers (I know a few of them too), but they do not control their departments. They have to be careful to not antagonize their bosses and fellow officers for fear of job reprisals or even attempts on their lives by fellow police officers who don’t like whistle-blowers. Remember what happened to honest police officers like Serpico and Poppy Doyle when they exposed the NYPD’s involvement with big-time drug dealers and their robberies or “rolling” of black people to pay protection money to the NYPD. Serpico almost got murdered by fellow police officers for his expose’s.

  2. Ron Welch

    Well, I suppose we can look forward to all peace and love in Metro once their police are disbanded? LOL!

  3. This is a Communist ANTIFA, George Soros, Micahel Bloomberg, et al paid for and directed Insurgency.
    They want to eliminate the police and confiscate our firearms so they can mob rule!
    Why is the Governor and Speaker McNally playing their game by not returning our 2A Rights to bear rms to protect our selves and property and nation?
    We will not disband the police nor give up our Republic. The People better get some grit because law Enforcement may/might/will lock you up for resisting these Terrorists in Democrat run Cities an states. Racis was dead in America until Soros/Obama,, Bloomberg, Hollywood, and Communists co oped BLM. Don’t back up one inch for these trash.

  4. Pissed Off Nashvillian

    Communists ALWAYS become worse than the people they overthrow.

    1. Ron Welch

      True, as Gen George Patton stated re: WWII, ” we came to defeat one enemy (the National Socialists of Germany) only to hand over much of Europe to a worse one (the Soviet Socialists of Russia). So yes, the Communists have killed tens of millions of their own citizens, especially in the 20th Century. It is their modus operandi to establish and consolidate power.

  5. 83ragtop50

    Enough said when it is stated that they supported the oversight board that is nothing but a political attack on legitimate police operations.

  6. Habu

    The ignorance of some people never ceases to amaze me. Defunding the police is absurd. Why this is a subject of any conversation is disturbing and should be addressed by all who favor a lawful community/state.
    Anyone who endorses this idiotic idea is in need of professional help.

  7. Kevin

    I just read another story titled “Rasmussen: Black voter approval for Trump has surged to over 40%”. If the Democrats and the leftist media keeps it up, Trump won’t have to spend a single dime or minute campaigning!

    The majority of people are seeing through all of the concocted schemes by the left and the establishment “swamp”, to take out President Trump.

  8. rick

    All of these crazies will be taken care of at the ballot box.
    People are fed up with the Democrat Socialist Party!

  9. rick

    Brought to you by Leftist Democratic Socialist like Cooper, his. useless backbencher brother (Nancy’s yes boy) and the entire communist party. People better understand these people they will not give up.
    Support the Police!!

  10. John Bumpus

    As dumb a public policy proposal as I have ever heard of. The political career of any pol who supports this nonsense is OVER in Tennessee–and should be!