Quote: Originally Posted by Serryah
I've said as much before.
Disallowing the police is a mistake not just generally, but politically as well and the people of Pride who agreed to it are effin' morons.
The Pride festival organizers had no choice. The POC and BLM contigent hijacked a parade in Toronto, by lying down in the street, and refusing to move until the Pride organizers agreed to ban Police from the parade. That is usually referred to as "terrorism."
In fact the Edmonton Pride had to cancel the 2019 Pride event after BLM influenced groups stormed into a private board meeting, made ridiculous demands, attempted to extort Pride, and were intimidating and threatening them to the point where they called Police. Rather than give in to demands that RaciaNow and the other POC groups demanded, they cancelled the festival.
here are some "demands' by RaciaNow:
DEMAND # 4 - $1500 to fund a SOC organized QTIBPOC sober dance party on the evening of pride
Our vision is to provide QTIBPOC with a space to move their bodies in ways that they may not feel safe doing in everyday life or mainstream queer spaces.
When people face queerphobia, transphobia and racism collectively, it can be difficult to form positive relationships to their bodies. For some, dance offers a way to work through those difficult feelings.
Here are the demands in laymans terms:
"It is essential [...] that Pride is lead with a protest against systemic injustice. [...] This protest will be in place of the parade, and anyone who joins must have beliefs that are in line with the message of the protest."
"Upon inspection by Shades of Colour and RaricaNow, applicants will be either permitted or denied entry."
"These workshops and resources should take up the most space and be at the centre of Pride in the Park"
"Applicants will acknowledge [...] We need to fight to defend this land at all costs against all threats, including government-sanctioned invading pipelines."
"Applicants will recognize that [...] the fight against capitalism, [...] as well as prison abolitionist movements intersect with fighting the ongoing effects of racism and queerphobia."
"provide Shades of Colour (SoC) and RaricaNow with $20,000 each."
"$1500 to fund a SOC organized QTIBPOC sober dance party "
"we realistically may need to travel to larger more established cities such as Brooklyn, Oakland, etc [...] Our demand is that the Pride Board funds these learning opportunities"
"Our demand is that the EPSF writes a public accountability statement about the harm that the EPFS has caused QTIBPOC+ communities"
In Serryah's World, it's Edmonton Pride's fault for not knowing initially what to do when faced with an obvious extortion attempt by a bunch of freaks. The truth is, Pride did the right thing in cancelling the event, as anyone with an iota of common sense would realize they were in a no-win situation.
Give in to demands: Let the RaciaNow group control the parade, collect $14,500, and take credit for the Parade, and relegate Pride to the background, and force them to do all the planning, and bureaucracy that comes with staging these events, which would have been next to impossible as they are registered non-profit.
Stand up to the RacialNow and Shades of Colour groups,a nd be labelled racist, and risk threats of violence, intimidation, and their attempts at sabotaging the Parade when it occurs.
Last edited by Girth; Aug 11th, 2020 at 01:48 PM..