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Davidson College Features Course Focused On Abolishing The Police

Davidson, NC – Davidson College is currently accepting enrollment for its new “#Abolishthepolice: Race and Policing in the U.S.” course being offered for the fall semester.

The course, which is listed under the university’s Africana Studies, aims to “enlist Black political and feminist theories and social and political philosophies to critically examine and think through issues of race, criminalization, incarceration, police militarization, predictive policing, surveillance, and domestic security,” Campus Reform reported.

The “#Abolishthepolice” class is one way to satisfy the university’s Social-Scientific Though perquisite under the “Ways of Knowing” requirement, according to the news outlet.

“Scholars have shown that Black, brown, and indigenous people are disproportionate police targets,” the course description reads. “And because police violence and gendered violence are intrinsically connected, Black trans and gender nonconforming people, and Black people with disabilities and mental health issues, routinely experience surveillance, arrest, incarceration, and sexual assault at the hands of law enforcement at significantly higher rates than any other racial demographic.”

Claudia Garcia-Rojas, the instructor for the course, did not respond to a request for comment, FOX News reported.

Davidson College Director of Media Relations Jay Pfeifer told Campus Reform that the school’s values align with the course content.

“Davidson assists students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service,” Pfeifer said. “We hope our graduates think clearly, make relevant value judgments, discriminate among values, and communicate freely in the realm of ideas.”

The “#Abolishthepolice” course is slated to begin on Aug. 23, according to Campus Reform.

Eighteen of the 25 available seats had been filled as of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Bard College in New York has announced it will be offering a course to help teach students how to “sell” the idea of abolishing prisons, FOX News reported.

The liberal arts college, which received a $500 million endowment from billionaire George Soros earlier this year, said the course will help students learn how to design multi-media ad campaigns to “sell” prison abolition to the masses and to make the concept “go viral,” according to the course description.

“This course explores what’s to be gained, lost and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons. Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy and more) we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering,” the course description reads, according to FOX News.

The course, part of Bard College’s Hate Studies Initiative, will be taught by Kwame Holmes, who has previously pushed for the establishment of neighborhood “pods” that would be responsible for creating their own safety agreements with one another, FOX News reported.

“Pod members may choose to pool resources to replace stolen property, to engage in rideshares if a car is vandalized, to supply food if someone is injured in a violent attack,” Holmes suggested. “Participants may agree to not call the police, refusing to absolve themselves of the responsibility to resolve conflict amongst themselves.”

Campus Reform Fellow Angela Morabito told Fox News that Bard College is trying to address prison abolition the same way universities have pushed the “defund the police” movement.

“Take a radical idea, plant it on college campuses, and then weaponize young adults to push it into the mainstream,” Morabito said. “Bard College, like so many schools before it, is becoming the public relations department for far-left fringe concepts.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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