I’d like to discuss this; here seems like a great place to try. Full of responsible adults, who can carry on reasonable conversations.
I was deployed in 2018, so I missed the beginning of the #nocopsatpride movement, but the spur seems to have been the upcoming anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (1969), along with arrest statistics being quoted for POC, especially queer and trans POC.
I was again deployed in 2019, and managed to miss the second year of #nocopsatpride. Looking at articles from June 2019, the same issues are discussed - Stonewall was a riot against the police, and incidents of police violence against queer folks.
Now it’s 2020, and I am finally woke to this thing. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m not asking anyone to change their stance, but I would like to add some shades of grey to consider.
Change takes involvement. Bureaucratic institutions, especially traditionally conservative ones, change slowly. Yet, we can look back on our wins - the fall of DOMA, and the end of DADT - and see that change does happen. However, it happens when the conservative, bureaucratic system is exposed to the pathogen. Those two policies fell because queer people showed ‘regular’ people how regular they could be. The conservative, bureaucratic police department will never change if it’s isolated off.
There are a lot of queer people who wear peace keeping uniforms. We’re disproportionally queer women, working in a male dominated field. We never take off the uniform. Saying no cops at Pride means we are not welcome. Saying that it’s just uniformed officers who are unwelcome, so just take off the uni, doesn’t work. Denying peace officers Pride is needlessly cruel to a lot of women who are fighting to cut misogyny down.
This new quip that all police forces are a direct and unchanged legacy of slave patrols is disingenuous. First, it’s true. On par and equal to all the other institutions, traditions, and legacies that extend from some part of slavery. Saying something has a racist history is disingenuous because nearly everything in Americahas a racist history. Second, institutions do, in fact, change. The USCG is hardly the Revenue Cutter Service. Personally, I’ve yet to take bounty on a pirate ship. Alas.
What’s the point? It’s not particularly to change your mind. The internal problems the policing forces of America must tackle are real. They do end in tragic and unnecessary deaths. I deny nothing. I’d simply like to add a few shades of grey to a slogan that’s pretty easy to roll off the tongue.