Thanks to Ken Trainor for taking a crack at explaining “defund police” within an inch of its lexicographical life. But I think it’s easier than all that. Ask yourself what the “woke” users of the phrase had in mind and see where you stand. It was a rallying cry for the deeply distressed, and as a referendum question it works. It’s a thermometer that takes the community’s temperature, measuring what side voters are on of this year’s great divide. No need to slice and dice. Let the spirit move you.

Jim Bowman, Chicago

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