Black Lives Matter

In 2016 Black Lives Matter hijacked the Toronto Gay Pride Parade and would not let it continue until the parade committee acceded to a number of demands, including no uniformed police in the 2017 parade. Out of cowardice and misplaced political correctness, the committee caved to their demands. They should have called the police, and had hijackers removed, and if they did it again, sue them or charge them with extortion.

Black Lives Matter justified this action because some of their members felt uncomfortable around police. Police had been participating for decades. Back in the 70s the police were sworn enemies of the gay community. It had taken decades to build up a good relationship.

There was no reason to even let Black Lives Matter participate. They had never done anything to support LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual or Queer) causes. It was not their parade. They had no right demand changes. They behaved criminally. Black Lives Matter was created to protest American police, not Toronto Police.

If you hosted a dinner party and one of the guests insisted 6 of your guests be disinvited because they felt uncomfortable, there would be no question. You would tell these arrogant boors to host their own party.

In caving to these thugs, the parade committee soured its relationship with the Toronto police and soured the relationship with the entire Toronto LGBTQ community. Many people were disgusted the spineless caving to Black Lives Matter and boycotted the parade. Black Lives Matter should never have even been invited to participate in the parade, much less take control of it. They are enemies of LGBTQ. It is almost as bad as letting the Westboro Baptist church bully you.

Circa 1973, I organised the first gay pride parade in Vancouver. If someone had pulled a stunt like this back then, I would have had a hard time restraining myself from beating them to a pulp.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)