Watson - One Year From Now We Want Providence Schools Improved, A Supreme Court Judge and More
Monday, June 29, 2020
"What will we have accomplished? We’ll have taken the term ‘plantations’ out of the state name, we’ll be looking at our first year of successful education in Providence public schools with some new strategies — hopefully with no school resource officers in there," said Watson.
"Nothing against any of the individuals I know who serve in those positions and try to do the best they can, but we really shouldn’t have police officers in schools, it’s just not something from the psyche of a student that makes you feel comfortable if you’re walking around the school and you have more police officers than you do guidance counselors," he added.GET THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS HERE -- SIGN UP FOR GOLOCAL FREE DAILY EBLAST
"I think we’ll have seen some very, if they want to call it ‘revolutionary’ or ‘radical,’ changes in terms of how we’re policing our community," said Watson. "There’s a lot of talk right now about defunding police. If funding that goes to police could go to other areas particularly so that police officers aren’t having to take on the roles of mental health professionals and things of that nature, which really a police officer shouldn’t be doing in the first place."
"So I would say a year from now when we come back to talk, we’re talking about systemic change that’s been going on here, and also exploring the great job that the first person of color, potentially Black or American Indian judge, has done in their first year of service to the community," he added.
Ray Watson, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, appeared on GoLocal LIVE where he spoke to community protest -- and action -- taking place in Rhode Island -- and what he hopes to see a year from now.