Black Lives Matter Toronto held up the Pride parade today, sitting in with a list of demands. Though I’m not in possession of fine details, the list looks entirely reasonable with the exception of the removal of police floats from Pride marches and parades.
I believe the police forces in North America are quite capable of excluding and prejudicing without a demonstration from Black Lives Matter. It would have been nice to see the Pride organisers strike that one out and agree to everything else.
Of course, I would see no problem placing the police floats between those of, say, victims of the bathhouse raids and Black Lives Matter….
Welcome to the Exclusion Meeting. Because you’re the Accepted Group, here’s the list of people you’re allowed to exclude: no one. Because you’re the Accepted Group, here’s the list of things you’re allowed to cut corners on so that the Excluded People don’t get in: nothing.
You may depart the meeting now.