The New York Police Department has come under fire after posting a video titled “Blue Racism.”
The video was made after the Charlottesville protests, where two officers were killed and four others severely wounded. The officer narrating the video explains that he and his comrade are not seen as sons and daughters, or even black, Asian or Hispanic, but rather by their uniform – blue – and because of their blue uniform, they are targeted.
The video seems like a valiant attempt to relate to those concerned with race issues, such as Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and the SPLC – but all it has done is make them angry.
The article posted on foxnews.com seems to start out rather objectively, but it’s pretty obvious toward the end that they disagree with “blue racism.”
A blogger on vicenews.com criticizes the fact that they quote Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in their attempt to relate to black, and claims that police deaths were an issue before BLM came around.
In another blog, the African-American author (in a very slang tone) goes off on the cops, declaring “Blue is not a people, blue is not a race – unless y’all smurfs.”
It will be interesting to see how the opinions of this video differ as it gains viewership. The NYPD has a very good point – many people, no matter what their race – do see only the uniform, and react accordingly. But was labeling this behavior “blue racism” the right choice? As mentioned before, it’s obviously a tactic at putting the problem within a paradigm that many will understand and relate to. Will it work in the long run?
What are your thoughts?