Blue Racism video sparks backlash


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Blue Racism video sparks backlash
By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 06:45 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 06:52 PM EDT
A video posted online recently by the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) — a union representing 13,000 active and retired sergeants — highlights the violence confronting cops in New York, across the U.S. and elsewhere.
But the timely message has been met with backlash instead of understanding because of the SBA’s decision to describe the growing anti-police sentiment as racism.
“The department doesn’t know what racism is,” reads one of the many negative messages tweeted after the video was posted Sunday. “That’s sad and alarming.”
The nearly four-minute video, entitled Blue Racism, begins with footage of officers of various ethnic backgrounds at work.
“The average person doesn’t see those things that make me human. They don’t even label me based on being African American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian and so on,” a narrator says. “They tend to see an even broader stereotype through an even more racist lens.
“When they look at me, they see blue,” the narrator adds.
The video flashes through a montage of recent deadly cop attacks, crowds of anti-police protesters and images of an NYPD officer in court on a murder rap for shooting a schizophrenic woman armed with a baseball bat.
The narrator continues that “in spite of being afraid to proudly say in my private life that I am blue for fear of physical injury, death or the safety of my loved ones, I, too, am someone’s child, sibling, parent, aunt, cousin, neighbour, coach and friend — just like you, who I have sworn to serve and protect.”
Later in the video, a slightly altered Martin Luther King quote flashes across the screen: “I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their colour but by the content of their character.”
King’s actual word’s were “the colour of their skin” not “their colour.”
After condemning the recent “white supremacist actions in Charlottesville” and “racism of any kind,” the video finishes by noting six officers were shot — four fatally — in Florida and Pennsylvania last Friday.
SBA President Ed Mullins has defended the video to CNN explaining the word “racism” was meant to trigger a conversation and illustrate that the uniform, once donned, “becomes a blue skin.”
cdoucette@postmedia.com
A video posted online recently by the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association highlights the violence confronting cops in New York, across the U.S. and elsewhere. (YOUTUBE)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IjjdBNfhW0
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