One student group at Marquette University apparently wants to police calling the police.
The group, Marquette Empowerment, suggested in a photo shared to social media that "white folks" have many other options to diffuse possible situations before escalating the situation to having to call the police.
Marquette Empowerment suggests that these same "white folks" take matters into their own hands and attempt to resolve any disturbance issues with methods such as third-party mediation and talking it out face-to-face with the person causing the purported disturbance.
The flyer, which was shared to the group's Facebook page, was captioned, "Hey white folks, [h]ere are some handy steps to follow if you feel the urge[.] STOP CALLING THE COPS."
The flyer — titled "Alternatives to Calling the Police" — featured "steps to ask yourself before calling the police."
Those suggestions included:
- Is this merely an inconvenience to me? Can I put up with this and be okay?
- No, I need to respond. Can I handle this on my own, is this something I could try to talk-out [sic] with the person?
- No, I need back-up. Is there a friend, neighbor, or someone whom I could call to help me?
- No, I need a professional. Can we use mediation to talk through what's happening or is there an emergency response hotline I could call?
- No. If I call the police do I understand how involving the police could impact me and the other person?
The bottom of the flyer refers readers to an organization called Showing Up for Racial Justice, DC, the organization that apparently created the flyer.
The organization features several public Google documents that push the need for calling anyone other than the police if at all possible.
According to Marquette Empowerment's Facebook page the Wisconsin-based college group's mission "is to engage Marquette students in discussion and social action devoted to combating injustice. Marquette Empowerment strives to maintain an environment in which each individual opinion is valued and each voice heard. We advocate for social change to alleviate the current suffering experienced by Marquette students and members of a global community alike, stemming from oppressive institutions associated with intersectional feminism including, but not limited to sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia."
(H/T: Campus Reform)