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Re: Hamilton Pride, Police Shame
« Reply #60 on: June 28, 2019, 10:05:26 am »
It seems like a lot of you are really unfamiliar with the history of Pride. If you don't know what the Stonewall Inn is, then you should probably read about it and the origins of Pride.

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/28/733500331/why-we-remember-stonewall

This might help you understand why police marching IN the Pride parades is inappropriate. And if you're arguing that it's a gesture of good will, they've yet to earn that right. If you think these aren't Canadian problems, then I suggest reading about Fruit Machine:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_machine_(homosexuality_test)



And some (myself included) have argued that the history of police and the gay community (in Canada, the bath house raids of the early 1980s being the genesis of the pride movement) is a reason why the police *should* participate. In wake of the handling of the Bruce MacArthur investigation,  there may be a strong argument that they really haven't earned the trust of the gay community.

But Pride events aren't banning police participation because of historical reasons. They're doing it because of demands from anti-racism activists in regard to current issues. So the history of the police and the gay community is kind of beside the point of the current debate.

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