On Sunday, September 24th, 2017 two Chicago police officers decided to pose in uniform with a known activist of the BLM in a Unified symbol of hate. While some may say that the Black Power Fist is nothing but a symbol of unity and strength against oppression used by many group across the globe their statement would be self serving and untruthful at best.
The Black Panthers used it as a show of unity against White Supremacy and the BLA (grown out of the Panthers) used it in their fight against ‘white suppression’ in America. The symbol has even been used over seas by the IRA. It was used by them as a calling card and symbol in the fight of Great Britain’s oppressive rule. But this symbol, the clinched fist, has more in common than signifying rebels and freedom fighters for these groups. It would seem that with this symbol blood is spilt.
There is no doubting the bloodshed in the streets of Ireland was at the hands of the IRA, but many still deny the use of the symbol here at home as a symbol that directly correlates with bloodshed. It appears that we have become a society afraid to point out the elephant in the room, afraid to call a spade a spade but the truth is… HATE IS HATE!
MEET THE VICTIMS OF UNDOCUMENTED HATE
PO John Frey 10/28/67 Oakland PD
PO Thomas Johnson 01/16/68 Nashville PD
PO Charles Thomasson 01/16/68 Nashville PD
PO Nelson Sasscer 6/05/69 Santa Ana PD
PO John Gilhooly 11/13/69 Chicago PD
PO Frank Rappaport 11/13/69 Chicago PD
Sgt Brian McDonnell 2/18/70 San Francisco PD
PO Donald Sager 4/24/70 Baltimore PD
PO James Sackett 5/22/70 St Paul PD
PO William Miscannon 9/18/70 Toledo PD
PO Harold Hamilton 10/09/70 San Fransisco PD
PO Glenn Smith 10/24/70 Detroit PD
PO Joseph Piagentini 5/21/71 NYPD
PO Waverly Jones 5/21/71 NYPD
Sgt John Young 8/29/71 San Fransisco PD
PO Frank Buczek 9/18/71 Plainfield PD
PO James Greene 11/3/71 Atlanta PD
Lt Ted Elmore 4/27/83 Catawaba Cnty PD*
PO Rocco Laurie 1/27/72 NYPD
PO Gregory Foster 1/27/72 NYPD
Sgt Brent Miller 4/17/72 Louisiana DOC
Cdt Alfred Harrell 12/31/72 New Orleans PD
Sgt Edwin Hosil 3/5/73** New Orleans PD
Dep Super Louis Sirgo 1/7/73 New Orleans PD
PO Philip Coleman 1/7/73 New Orleans PD
PO Paul Persigo 1/7/73 New Orleans PD
Tpr Werner Foerster 5/2/73 NJSP
PO Sidney Thompson 6/5/73 NYCTPD
Ranger Kenneth Patrick 8/5/73 Nat. Park PD
PO John Scarangella 5/1/81 NYPD
Sgt Edward O’Grady 10/20/81 Nyack PD
PO Waverly Brown 10/20/81 Nyack PD
PO Daniel Faulkner 12/9/81 Philadelphia PD
Trp Carlos M. Negron 5/7/84 NJSP
Dep Ricky Kinchen 3/17/00 Fulton Cty SO
The recent display of hate by uniformed officers needs to be addressed properly as precedence has already been set. Chief Mike Halstead of Surf City PD was terminated after many years of dedicated and honorable service after writing a post to his officers and residents to be careful of an upcoming BLM protest. He had called their chants and actions terroristic and cautioned all because he felt doing so was his duty. While his words were harsh they were truthful and non vulgar, yet he was terminated and labelled a racist- although the group’s actions proved him time and time again to be absolutely correct.
An NYPD officer was recently labelled a racist for putting out a sidewalk BBQ on a city street. Although BBQing on a public sidewalk is illegal, it is apparently racist if the officer putting out an open flame is white while the participants of said illegal activity are black. A department investigation into his alleged racism will mark his personnel folder for the remainder of his career and this officer was simply doing his job.
Whether it is a white hood, swastika or black power fist, it still is a symbol of hate to some no matter how much the other side embraces it. With this in mind, one can only hope that the powers that be do the right thing and strip these officers of their badges and terminate them immediately. I mean we wouldn’t want to cast the opinion that we encourage racism in today’s society.