This Police Union Says Cops Are Victims of ‘Blue Racism’

While the country heatedly debates white nationalismfreedom of speech and racism — issues brought to the forefront after the deadly terror attack in Charlottesville – some see a more important topic for discussion.

This week the New York Police Department Sergeants Benevolent Association, one of the country’s most prominent law enforcement unions, released a short video titled “Blue Racism” online.

The video laments that citizens ”see blue to be blue,” and it goes on to claim that uniformed police are a “minority” that is victim to a “strange form of racism [that] continues to engulf the country.”

Not only are these assertions outrageously offensive, they are downright bizarre.

First, a profession is neither a race nor an ethnicity. And law enforcement officers were not born wearing a blue uniform. Race is an ascribed trait — something a person is born into and has little or no control over.

A black person, for instance, cannot go home at the end of the day and take off his or her skin tone. If being “blue” was an ascribed trait, then why do police sometimes shoot off-duty officers who aren’t wearing their uniforms?

And no one working as a law enforcement officer is doing so against their will. There is no mandatory draft in place to fill the ranks of police officers.

Few would claim that such a profession is either easy or free from danger, and most of the people who don the uniform are well aware of this reality – it is simply part of the job.

In any case, the police union might have a little bit of justification if police deaths were on the rise – but they simply aren’t. In fact, since 1980, they have been steadily declining.

Respect is earned, not given. If law enforcement officers want improved relationships their communities, they are not going to get it by creating a self-pitying YouTube video. In the age of cell phone videos, dashboard cameras and social media, only those with their heads in the sand can claim there is not a crisis stemming from officers who use excessive force on a regular basis.

Sure, this might not describe every — or even most — members of law enforcement, but it does describe the colleagues of the “good apples” – to paraphrase Edmund Burke, when good people fail to act, that is when evil prevails.

And in this case, when departments and agencies prioritize keeping their fellow officers out of trouble over protecting and serving, how can it come as a surprise that so many Americans take issue with the police as a whole?

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s2 months ago

Thank you

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s2 months ago

Thank you

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H3 months ago

Any excuse to condone inexcusable behavior. If they conducted themselves properly there would be little to no issues.

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Margie FOURIE
Margie F3 months ago

I would hate the job as a police woman. Never know if you will return home.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

The US desperately needs dramatic changes to policing, but the demand is uneven and different depending on where you live.

The massive downsizing of government services has pushed more and more burdens on the police even as they are pushed to the front lines of dealing with social disruption and dealing with the effects of a dismantled industrial economy.

The police need to be return to policing and stop having to wage a war on drugs and be a social service agency.

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Margaret G
Margaret G3 months ago

Wondering how David F. would react if he were treated the way Anne M was.

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Margaret G
Margaret G3 months ago

Anne M’s story of what was, at best, official insensitivity is saddening. Especially unsettling are the facts that Anne is Caucasian and that her mistreatment probably happened in Canada, which is generally considered to be more rational and civilized than the United States.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

David f is one of those nasty, poor me, blame everyone else "Men" (and I use that term very loosely) that has to blame everyone else for the injustices of the world... just like trump.
I am convinced that just like a couple of others here, they are seeking attention.
Who else would come to a site on animal welfare and admit to killing the lovely animal in his avatar for his freezer.

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

Clearly the police are just trying to play the victim, to shift the blame for their horrible brutality and abuse of force, when they are almost never even prosecuted when they commit a crime. Nobody else gets paid leave, after they shoot and kill someone or beat them to death, and is almost never even charged with a crime. You have a better chance to win the lottery, than the corrupt police have of ever even being charged with a crime after they unjustifiably murder someone or rape them, which they do often in the USA. The police are the most corrupt institution in America, and get away with crimes routinely that most people would go to prison or face the death penalty for.

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Julie W
Julie W3 months ago

Mary B, I totally agree! David's remark was rude and insensitive, and displayed no understanding of the situation. Care2 would be a nicer place without him.

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