They referenced "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" a speech abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass gave in 1852 about the hypocrisy of American values against the continued use of slavery. "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine," Douglass said in his speech. "You may rejoice, I must mourn." Many racial inequities still exist today even without slavery, and the alliance organizers have called for reforms for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the criminal justice system. The demands include redistributing the IMPD budget to the community and creating a community-led police review board.
Realty must be brought to the forefront. There would be total chaos if police are taken out.