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Prominent attorney says ending crime is as easy as changing ‘definition’

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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump’s suggestion to eradicate crime by changing the definition of crime, particularly in the context of Black culture, has been criticized as problematic and divisive by legal scholar Dr. Carol Swain.

Swain argued that redefining crime would not address the root issues and could lead to more hostility between Black youths and law enforcement.

“We need laws to be obeyed, and we need a public that’s informed. And under no circumstances should we redefine crime so that it isn’t crime,” Swain said. “Are we going to redefine murder? Are we going to redefine rape? No, we don’t want to go down that path.”

“They come up with things to profile us for,” Crump said. “I believe this with everything in my heart – we can get rid of all the crime in America overnight, just like that, and people ask, ‘How, Attorney Crump?’

“Change the definition of ‘crime,'” he said. “If you get to define what conduct is going to be made criminal, you can predict who the criminals are going to be. … They made the laws to criminalize our culture, Black culture.”

She emphasized the importance of upholding laws and finding real solutions to reduce crime in Black communities.

Swain also highlighted the disproportionate rates of crime among Black individuals but rejects the notion that these disparities are due to bias in the justice system.

“What he is saying is false, it’s problematic, and it will lead to the loss of Black lives,” Swain said. “Unfortunately, people who are not well-educated, or people who have been indoctrinated with Marxism, they will believe him, and that will be unfortunate for America.”

“The argument that the crimes that Black Americans and maybe other minorities are being arrested for, that somehow these are biased, somehow targets them, I think it’s ludicrous,” she said. “In fact, there are some things that they are not being arrested for that I would arrest them for.”

“There are people in every community that are out there working to try to reduce Black crime, working to try to change our neighborhoods,” she added. “But unfortunately, they are undermined by the likes of Benjamin Crump.”

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