An example shows the relationship between 1920s Flappers and Social Media Youth Organizers today.

Jason Ulysses Rose is a PhD candidate in history at Western Michigan University.

After the police killing of George Floyd, there was a lot of debate about police reform. Sadly, those arguments have subsided after the investigation and the police officer who was largely responsible for Floyd’s death. However, after President Biden’s State of the Union address and the increase in mass shootings, the conversation about the police has resurfaced. While some advocates seek to defund the police, most of them use “defund” as shorthand to say that some money needs to be reinvested. in social services and correctional activities. Although social work was widely understood as crime prevention until the end of the 19th century housing movement, it also found unexpected supporters. These include some flapper intelligentsia.

Although flappers and intellectuals are rarely mentioned in the same word, because the word flapper is usually associated with youthful (and stereotypically feminine) inferiority, that concept can be compared. In today’s society, one might mistake web developers for flappers.

Born from the nadir of the First Wave of Feminism, flappers were a natural result of women gaining some social freedoms, including the right to vote, increased leisure time and longer youth. emerged from the Industrial Revolution. A famous example of a flapper is Daisy Buchanan on The great gatsby. For moviegoers, Mia Farrow (1974) or Carey Mulligan (2013) portray him as an accurate stereotypical representation of the flapper. The great gatsbyAnother female competitor, Jordan Baker, portrays a woman who is often overlooked, the sports flapper, as a contemporary magazine calls it. know, aimed at an audience of flappers, was widely reported and advertised. Although flappers like Daisy are common, evidence suggests that some are smarter, more serious, and more interested in community solutions than their elders have to offer. give them credit for—here’s a little reason why.

Enclosed within the pages of know an essay on police reform. Often referred to by critics as a fashion magazine, in 1923 know published an article entitled “Turn the Police into Social Workers.” The author of the article boldly declared in the opening lines: “Turn the Police into a philosopher! Change the tree with a learning finger! Make the star a symbol of safety instead of abuse!” Some may ask, “why do these flappers care about juvenile delinquency?” Who do you think any of these mean? army, but the brothers, friends, and everyday residents of these “fvolous” flappers?

The article continues with a quote from Chicago Police Sargent Thomas Ryan who says that we need to make the police “the agents of crime prevention, and you keep 85 percent of the youth delinquents from committing felonies, you will save millions of dollars to the taxpayers, and you will save parents from the pain of suffering, especially poor mothers, who have to work to support small children .

Although the police were a problem at the time, the role of the police only increased. Spending on local police departments has nearly tripled since the 1970s, while spending on social programs is less clear, meaning police often fill those gaps. Of course, like Washington Post, more than 1 in 5 people who die at the hands of the police have some kind of health problem. A suggestion for avoiding this danger can be found in this little two-page article written by some “inconsequential” flappers.

Most of the article is an interview of Sargent Ryan with know. He notes that young people under twenty-one are the ones in the greatest danger and calls it the “critical period,” but the term “developmental age” can also work. After introducing Ryan, the article tells several stories about encounters between the police and mostly young gay men that resulted “in the lowering of the prison.” The strategy presented by Ryan is simple: first, find a person who “will be in a listening position, then in a receptive position, and finally in a position where he will act with faith” and defend to young minds. Sargent Ryan said, “There is no joy that can come to a police officer on the beat more than knowing that he has helped a neglected youth grow into a good citizen.” Cops are often brought up to be cool and comfortable in the debate, making this statement a perfect fit for today’s work.

The article then explains how Ryan is now a troubled orphan who has dedicated himself to building a “Crime Prevention Bureau” to help the “common delinquent child.” Ryan said, in the introduction, that my child will learn that hardship is “toughness, hardship, and hardship that shake the depths of our lives and squeeze out the good in us. Problems teach us what we did not understand before. While this may sound condescending and wishful thinking, it does reflect some common American sentiments. Ryan believes that these ideas were not taught to these young people, because they were not taught to their parents; Essentially, he describes a cycle of poverty, and argues that effective training managers can fill this gap.

The article ended with Ryan calling for help from “women’s groups, civic leaders, and community improvement organizations” to include the average citizen, the city council, and outside. These recommendations are more important than many of today’s discussions about policing and crime. Is this a plan for the future?

Several cities have tried similar plans. In 2016, the Alexandria, Kentucky police department hired a police officer to help police with illegal calls and tracking. The city’s police chief, Lucas Cooper, argued that the use of temporary staff would ease police work and stress by reducing new calls. According to Cooper, social workers “bring another skill set to the table,” which helps to “fill a lot of gaps.” It also makes sense that if the police are not stressed, the frequency of accidental shootings should go down.

Solving the problems that can prevent future crime is better than the one-size-fits-all approach often suggested by policy makers and politicians. Country.

So why do flappers care so much about this issue? As of today, young people are often the ones who bear the brunt of society’s problems, and young men (often the minority) bear the most weight when it comes to Police. Flappers then, as well as today’s youth, are often insulted by society. Similarities exist between these young people, and their ideas, with contemporary social activists, political activists, and other activists. An important lesson can be learned: the older generation of political leaders should not let the wisdom and knowledge into the younger communities. Often their “unknown” allows them to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to solve problems that have plagued society for generations.

With that in mind, what flappers reveal in their magazines can give us more insight moving forward. We will benefit by modeling flappers the “fvolity” of protecting our youth. Although the relationship between social workers and the police may be controversial, it is necessary to find the right interests.

Perhaps as important to history buffs as this short essay as a source document, it reveals something important about society and the way it studies the past. for these days.

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