(Added 5 July in response to questions directed to this author: If it isn’t clear by now, I support the BLM movement. Emphatically. But Pride doesn’t cause police brutality, just like Black History Month doesn’t cause gay bashing. Somewhere along the line, the idea of coming together to make a better future has been completely lost. I’ve expounded on this in the comments.)
Update, 5 July 2016: Toronto police officer Chuck Krangle wrote an open letter explaining his point of view, and why BLMTO’s actions and demands were downright exclusionary.
This weekend, Black Lives Matter Toronto pulled a stunt where they stalled the Pride parade to have an impromptu demonstration. I don’t know what else to say, besides What. The. Fuck!?
The whole point of a Pride parade is visibility. You wanted to march in the parade, the organizers gave you special honored position and billing, so you got that visibility. Great, right?
But this wasn’t enough for you, oh no. You had to take another minority’s time to show strength and decided to bully your way into the spotlight. Yes, I said “bully”. We LGBT+ people are very well versed in recognizing bullies for what they are, and you’ve hit the nail right on the head.
Continue reading “Black Lives Matter Toronto, you owe the world an apology.”