ABOLITION VS REFORM
Divide everyone into two groups. Have one group be “reformists.” Have the other group be “abolitionists.” Give each group 15 minutes to design a campaign strategy for ending police killings. The goal of the reformists is to end police killings by improving police training to be more “culturally competent” with communities of color. The goal of the abolitionists is to seek an end to police killing without reinforcing policing or the prison systems.
At the end of 15 minutes, each group will send a representative to the front to make an impassioned plea for their campaign. After each group has presented the case, discuss what was learned. How did the arguments of each side differ? Why did they differ?