Kim Kardashian joins list of celebs backing calls to defund police and divert budget to pay for education
The reality star reposted a thread that highlighted how the funds that are made available to the police department could be used in a better way
The protests following George Floyd's killing due to police brutality have continued to run across the country. People are yet to quit demanding justice for the horrific crimes at the hands of police and one of the major demands include the defunding of the police department in every city and state in the US. Business mogul and activist Kim Kardashian West seems to be the latest public figure who has made her support to the cause known to the world.
On June 26, the reality star reposted a thread that highlighted how the funds that are made available to the police department could be used in a better way. The series of tweets were posted by a Twitter user called Kaylie and one of the tweets read, "Holy shit the NYPD budget is 5.9 billion???? cutting 1% of that is literally 59 million dollars ???? you could fund about 1000 kids full 4-year university schooling with just that 1%...annually". The thread also featured a list of movies with police brutality and loops in the justice system as its center. Also included in the thread are black-owned plant stores and books written by black authors.
A number of celebrities have lent their support to the cause, including Lizzo, John Legend, Yara Shahidi and Natalie Portman. This is not the first time Kim has spoken in favor of social justice. Apart from her business launches, Kim's Twitter timeline is full of cases pointing out the prevalent injustice in society. For instance, on June 20, she shared a petition on her page that demands Juneteenth to be declared a national holiday across the country.
Earlier that day, she tweeted, "I just have to share a few cases to show how broken and unfair our justice system is". She then shared two cases, both involving women, the only differentiating factor was the color of their skin. The cases in question were of Natalia Karia a white woman who hung a toddler with a noose and of Tanya McDowell a black woman who falsified an address to put her kid to school and was charged with larceny.
She also works towards bringing justice to people who've been wrongly incarcerated in the past. Her commendable work in the criminal justice space coupled with the effort she has put in to study to become a lawyer, besides managing her other businesses, has earned her a lot of credit as someone who's truly dedicated to helping people who await justice.