Pride in Police

Police at Wellington’s Pride Parade Photo: RNZ/ Reesh Lyon

The controversy over police involvement in the LGBT+ community seems set to continue with the organisers of the Wellington pride parade now under pressure to follow the example of Auckland and ban uniformed police officers from attendance. For those of you not following this madness, Cissy Rock, the chair of the Auckland Pride Board, announced last week that police officers could not wear their uniforms to the 2019 Pride parade, despite having done so openly and PROUDLY for the last four years.

The official statement was that the police, as an institution, did not “currently meet the degree of safety and awareness of intersectionality required by our rainbow communities”. In further interviews with Kim Hill and Gay Voice, Ms Rock explained that, at a Hui ‘safe space’, the small and marginalised voices of the rainbow community had expressed reluctance to participate alongside police, fearing for their safety. Additionally they claimed that allowing police was pink-washing (like whitewashing but gay). The fact that these voices represented a tiny minority was held up by Ms Rock as the very reason why they must be “listened to” as opposed to the “powerful white cis gay men” or the “police voices”

The decision was not met with the support those urging it expected, as evidenced by the slew of corporate sponsors dropping said sponsorship like a hot rock: Sky City Auckland, NZME, Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, and Vodafone, to name but a few. New Zealand’s Rainbow Whanau and the New Zealand Defence Force both withdrew their applications to attend. Now who was it that has been encouraging corporate sponsors to be socially and politically responsible? Hoist by their own petard?

Nonetheless, The SpinOff published an open letter from members of Wellington’s LGBTQI community urging Wellington Pride to reconsider its initial decision to welcome the New Zealand police to parade in uniform. In this letter the writers state that: quote.

By including uniformed police, we implicitly say to the NZ Police that its ongoing, escalating, and disproportionate violence will be tolerated by our community. We fail to provide the NZ Police with an incentive to reduce its brutality against Maori. We tell the most vulnerable people in our community that making sure uniformed police officers feel welcome at our events is more important than their right to feel safe. end quote.

Unpacking this nonsense it’s quite clear that at least some in the LGBT+ community have become infected with a nasty case of Intersectional ideology.

Rumour and Kim Hill claim that one of the ‘voices’ behind the initial APPB decision was Emmy Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa. No conflict of interest there then! Which certainly explains the ludicrous black lives matter rhetoric.

Emmy Rakete who describes herself as a Maori Marxist-Leninist lesbian Trans woman (which I guess makes her really, really, REALLY oppressed) has stated on Twitter and in an article for the SpinOff that police are violent and racist and will “hunt you [Maori] for sport”.

What an absolute load of nonsense! Do people like this really believe that New Zealand is some kind of inner city Chicago neighbourhood? Even the resources she quotes to prove that New Zealand police are racist show that the use of force by police is incredibly rare (0.0012%)

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey 2017-2019 found 78% of people had ‘full’ to ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in the police and, if that is not enough, global ratings mark the New Zealand Police as one of the most trusted and least corrupt police forces in the world. Objectively speaking, the notion that police should be excluded because of “brutality” and “disproportionate violence” is laughable. As is the notion that the police are homophobic and that their presence would be a threat to pride marchers’ safety.

The police have had active diversity policies for decades. Activists protest that, just because there are gay police officers, this does not mean that the police force isn’t homophobic but this is EXACTLY what it does mean; unless you believe that the police officers proudly marching on a Saturday will be out beating trans-people on Monday morning. Representation matters, remember? Sadly this is exactly what people infected with Intersectionalism do believe.

Intersectionality claims to be about diversity and inclusion, but it’s quite apparent that this doesn’t extend to everyone by a long shot. Incidentally, the women’s march organisations in the USA are facing some difficulties over their anti-Semitism and exclusion of pro-life groups.

Intersectionality is really about division; the division of people into the marginalised/oppressed and the privileged/oppressors. You can’t have one without the other. Someone must occupy the other end of the axis. In this case it is the police.  

Historic racism, sexism and in the case of the pride parade, homophobia, are used in place of any recent bigotry to add to the collectivised blame heaped on certain identity groups. It is becoming increasingly obvious that some ‘identities’ are considered so oppressive that no amount of individual virtue will allow them to be included. Let’s face it, there is nothing, absolutely nothing people labelled ‘white-people’, ‘men’, or ‘police’ can do that will EVER be enough to be allow them under the intersectional umbrella.

It’s time to stop allowing groups like APPB and people like Cissy Rock and Emmy Rakete to get away with using blatantly wrong ideological nonsense to further divide people.

 

by Temporal Tui

 


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