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A student at Cypress College, a community college in California, recently faced some backlash from his own communications professor for defending the police.
The student, Braden Ellis, told The Daily Wire reporter Chrissy Clark that the backlash or “scolding” occurred during a class on the teleconferencing application Zoom, after he delivered a presentation about cancel culture and why it’s “so destructive and tearing our country apart.”
As an example of cancel culture’s “destructive” ways, he’d pointed to the recent attempt by anti-cop activists to force the cancellation of the popular children’s television series “PAW Patrol.”
But by doing so, he’d seemingly upset his professor. Video footage that he shared with Clark shows the professor hounding him during the 10-minute question-and-answer session that occurred immediately following the conclusion of his presentation.
WATCH: A student at Cypress College in California was berated by his professor for arguing that police are heroes and belong on children’s shows. pic.twitter.com/FSu4J2YxwK
— Chrissy Clark (@chrissyclark_) April 29, 2021
The clip begins with the professor essentially asking Ellis what his problem is with the police being targeted. To hear her tell it, it’s perfectly fine to target the police for cancellation because they’re just a byproduct of slavery.
“The issue is systemic, because the whole reason we have police departments in the first place, where does it stem from? What’s our history? Going back to what [another classmate] was talking about, what does it stem from? It stems from people in the south wanting to capture runaway slaves,” she claimed.
This same claim was recently peddled by Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times:
Nikole Hannah-Jones explains how the role of modern policing can be directly traced back to slave patrols.
“It’s difficult to reform an institution that, in many ways, is doing the exact function that it was created to do” pic.twitter.com/upXe5D3OPv
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2021
But it’s a false claim, according to the American Enterprise Institute. More on this later.
Another student then chimed in by arguing, “Maybe they shouldn’t be heroes, maybe they don’t belong on a kid’s show.”
Ellis responded with disapproval.
“I disagree with what [my classmate] said … I think cops are heroes and they have to have a difficult job. But we have to …,” he tried saying before being cut off by the professor.
“All of them?” she asked.
“I’d say a good majority of them. You have bad people in every business and every …,” he tried to reply before being cut off again.
“A lot of police officers have committed atrocious crimes and have gotten away with it and have never been convicted of any of it. And I say [it] as a person that has family members who are police officers,” the professor said.
“Yes, I understand. This is what I believe … This is not popular to say, but I do support our police. And we have bad people, and the people that do bad things should be brought to justice, I agree with that,” Ellis said in response.
“They haven’t,” the professor then falsely claimed.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recently convicted for murdering Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd last May.
But Ellis failed to point this out, instead saying, “Well, I agree with you on that point [of] they should [be brought to justice].”
The professor then asked for his bottom line.
“So, what is your bottom line point? You’re saying police officers should be revered? Viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows [for] children?” she asked.
“I think they are heroes in a sense because they come to your need and they come and help you. They have problems just like every other business, but we should fix that,” Ellis replied.
The professor responded by rightly noting that policing isn’t a business and that the function of the police is “to protect and serve the people.”
“They do protect us. Who do we call when we’re in trouble and someone has a knife or a gun?” he said.
The professor replied by claiming she wouldn’t call the police if a criminal deviant accosted her with a knife or gun.
“I don’t trust them. My life’s in more danger in their [presence]. … I wouldn’t call anybody,” she said.
In 2019 alone, there were nearly 1.5 million female victims of violent crime, according to Statista. Conversely, there were only 43 women fatally shot by the police, according to The Washington Post.
The discussion concluded with Ellis acknowledging that supporting the police isn’t popular these days.
“I know that it’s not popular for me to say that to you guys and people in here, but that’s what I believe about the police,” he said.
And what he believes about the police does fit with the facts. What the professor believes about the police, on the other hand, is false, which raises troubling questions about her qualifications to teach.
AEI fellow Jonah Goldberg noted last year that America’s first police were not created to track runaway slaves.
“[I]n America the first constables were created in the 1630s in what came to be known as New England. Boston has the oldest ‘modern’ police department. It was created in 1838. New York and Philadelphia soon followed. They were not created to search for runaway slaves,” he wrote.
He added that, while it’s true slave patrols did eventually appear in the southern states, it seems highly doubtful that modern policing is any way, shape or form based on them.
“It is true that slave patrols were created in slave states and they were an early form of policing. … But it strikes me as somewhat far-fetched to argue that police in Minnesota or New York are imbued with the spirit of southern militias tasked with tracking down slaves. It even strikes me as a bit of a stretch to claim that the slave patrols of the 1840s have a lot of bearing on the actions of police departments in majority black cities like Atlanta,” he wrote.
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