Ben & Jerry’s Explained What 'Defund The Police' Means Through An Amazing Ice Cream Illustration

Kelly Allen

From Delish

For those who don’t understand what defunding the police really means, Ben & Jerry’s is here to shed some light. The brand whipped up an ice cream illustration to easily show how the money currently being used to fund the police could be distributed to build stronger and safer communities.

The illustration–which is part of an extensive blog post the brand published recently–shows a big bowl of ice cream with a ton of scoops in it that represent the United States police budget of $115 billion. A hand is shown scooping ice cream out of that bowl into five other smaller bowls that represent affordable housing, job training, education, mental health counseling, and substance abuse treatment.

Ben & Jerrys’ blog post was published in honor of Juneteenth, the day the last group of enslaved Americans were granted human freedom two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In the post, the brand dives into what defunding the police means, a new way of ensuring public safety, the history of police in America, and how the current system is “good at racism, bad at solving crimes.”

“We thought we’d take a look at the ‘defund’ movement and explain why it offers the best opportunity in generations to completely transform our model of policing and create stronger, safer communities where Black Americans and people of color can finally experience and celebrate true freedom,” the brand shares in the post.

The post also shares resources for readers to take action including signing a petition to defund the police and invest in communities. Read the full post here.


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