A Marquette University student group is imploring “white folks” to “STOP CALLING THE COPS,” suggesting instead that students take matters into their own hands when they feel threatened.
In a post on its Facebook page addressed specifically to “white folks,” Marquette Empowerment offers “some handy steps to follow if you feel the urge” to call the police, attaching a poster listing five “alternatives to calling the police.”
The poster outlines the “steps to ask yourself before calling the police,” posing a series of questions to ask oneself before involving law enforcement in a given situation, starting with “Is this merely an inconvenience to me?”
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If the answer is “no, I need to respond,” the flyer instructs individuals to consider whether they can “handle this on my own,” perhaps by trying “to talk-out [the matter] with the person.”
If talking things out isn’t a feasible option, the document says one should first consider whether there is a friend, neighbor, or someone else who could be called for help. In the event that professional assistance is required, it suggests pursuing “mediation to talk through what’s happening” or calling “an emergency response hotline.”
Only after all of those options have been exhausted, the guide says, should one contact the police—and even then it exhorts students to make sure they “understand how involving the police could impact me and the other person.”
The bottom of the poster contains a link to a resource guide put out by an organization called Showing Up For Racial Justice, DC.
Marquette Empowerment bills itself as the school’s “ONLY intersectional feminist organization for women, men, and non binary folks who strive to combat injustices concerning ALL PEOPLE,” explaining that it focuses on issues such as “misogyny, transphobia, heterosexism, slut-shaming, victim blaming, cissexism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, ableism, racism, and any other form of bigotry.”
The group has also expressed pro-abortion sympathies, such as in a January tweet declaring that “Abortion is healthcare.”
“It is normal and okay to have an abortion. You can talk about it publicly if you want to,” the post adds, saying, “We support you. We stand with you.”
Neither Marquette Empowerment nor university spokespersons immediately responded to Campus Reform’s requests for comment. This article will be updated if and when a response is received from either.
First published at Campus Reform
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