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ST. LOUIS, MO – The Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis recently put the name David Dorn on its marquee with the hashtag Blue Lives Matter.
What they claimed was to be a celebration of the lives of David Dorn and George Floyd wound up being an apology tour after people in the community voiced their outrage.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to their apology, posting a message of remembrance of David Dorn was a “mistake”.
Here is the original marquee that caused all of the outrage.
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As we remembered George Floyd yesterday on the day of his funeral, today we honor Officer David Dorn on the day of his funeral. We stand against racism and hate and look forward to the day when our citizens will have no reason to be on opposite sides of conflict but will march hand-in-hand to celebrate the attainment of freedom and justice for all.
“As we remembered George Floyd yesterday on the day of his funeral, today we honor Officer David Dorn on the day of his funeral.
We stand against racism and hate and look forward to the day when our citizens will have no reason to be on opposite sides of conflict but will march hand-in-hand to celebrate the attainment of freedom and justice for all.”
The marquee the day before showed this:
This was captioned with the hashtag Black Lives Matter.
The comment section of the Instagram posts will answer that.
“Can you tell me why this was displayed on your marquee, but it’s also said “Blue Lives Matter”? Just to be clear, there are no actual blue people and your two-faced nature isn’t okay.” #BlackLivesMatter
“So you post this picture with only the hashtag but you have a whole paragraph ‘honoring’ and ‘remembering’ a police officer on you blue lives matter post? It’s very clear which one you care more about. Please stop pretending to care.”
“Alright for those who seem confused: blue lives are not lives. They are jobs. They CHOSE to be police officers. Black is not an occupation. And regardless of how many “good cops” you’ve had encounters with or know personally, it does NOT negate the truth that the system is inherently flawed and needs immediate reallocation of funds to community programs and public Heath.
Black lives matter means we can both mourn the death of a black man who wanted to make a difference in his community while also recognizing that police (and specifically saint Louis police, which has the highest rate of police murder of citizens in America) need IMMEDIATE reform.”
More on this false claim later.
“It still sounds like you’re supporting both sides by saying you’re honoring both George Floyd and officer David Dorn. you can’t have ‘the best of both worlds’ you’re either with the cop or with Black lives, take your pic [sic].”
David Dorn, the retired St. Louis police captain was 77 years old when he was shot and killed by looters. As he lay on the sidewalk bleeding out, people videoed it on Facebook Live rather than providing assistance.
And oh, by the way, David Dorn was black.
So, is that last comment alleging that you cannot believe black lives matter and blue lives matter at the same time? If so, are they saying that since David Dorn fit into both “lives” categories, his life cancelled itself out, and therefore, it didn’t matter?
But, the theater had previously supported law enforcement.
To which someone commented:
“I’m really hoping the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ incident was a major instance of ignorance. The memorial to David Dorn was great but having ‘Blue Lives Matter’ on the sign the day after it said ‘Black Lives Matter’ is sickening.”
So, let me see if I have this straight.
The “memorial to David Dorn was great”, but Blue Lives Matter is “sickening”?
So David Dorn’s life only mattered because he was black, the fact that he was a cop is sickening?
That seems to be the general consensus amongst those who hate cops.
And to the person posting that St. Louis police has the highest “murder” rate of citizens, let us bestow a little reality to your claim.
From 2015 to present, 5,403 people have been killed by police. Of those, only 32 (.006%) were killed in St. Louis. Of those 32, only 8 were unarmed, two of whom were black. Only 10 have been killed in St. Louis since January 1, 2019.
Hardly the murderous scourge that some people seem to want to insinuate. Yet, the loudest amongst people in St. Louis led the theater to issue an apology.
And that is hardly the first place an apology was issued regarding the police.
The pandering. The virtue signaling. The cancel culture. The white guilt.
It would be funny if it wasn’t also so scary.
Now, Berklee College of Music in Boston is playing along too. The school’s Public Safety Department issued a public apology on Facebook Tuesday.
For what, you may ask?
For allowing a police officer to use the restroom after protests.
No, there isn’t more to the story. That’s all they did.
The Facebook post read, in part:
“Boston Police staged officers at various intersections throughout the city. One of these locations was at Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street.
On Sunday, Berklee Public Safety allowed officers stationed there access to restroom facilities in the Berklee Performance Center.
“The decision to allow them into our facilities was ours. This was not a formal decision by the institution, but an informal one, made on the spot.
Some have asked if the campus was used to house or stage activity of the Boston Police; it was not.
“We have heard from many of you personally and across social channels of your hurt and anger that this access was permitted, especially as the facility is not currently open for students and members of our community.
Allowing police officers into the space was in no way meant to undermine Berklee’s support for Black Lives Matter.
“We understand that many members of our community feel betrayed. We are deeply sorry for the impact this had on our community and for perpetuating feelings of oppression, silencing, and marginalization. We will make a more concerted effort to consider the effects of our actions.
“Let us assure you, this should not have happened, and going forward, it will not happen again.”
People are losing their ever-loving minds.https://t.co/R2iBJavxaE
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) June 11, 2020
This is a perfect example of a big part of what is going wrong in America right now. Supporting the police does not mean you can’t also support the black community, which is exactly what this statement doesn’t say. The statement pits the two against each other, which is despicable.
Additionally, at the end of the day, police officers are HUMAN. They pee just like everyone else. They feel just like everyone else.
I could go on for hours on how horrible and heartless this post and all its implications is, but instead I’ll share some of the comments people have written on the Facebook post in response to the apology.
Among the Facebook comments are:
“So the officers aren’t the street protecting YOU and YOU have no room for human dignity? Allowing them to alleviate a basic need? Disgusting.”
Lisa Genovese Gruber said:
“Law enforcement is essential for keeping our students, our children, safe in the city. And I’m grateful you showed them kindness. I’m disappointed however, that you promise ‘never again’ to show such kindness.
How sad you should give in to bullies this way. I’ll remember to say ‘never again’ when you ask for a donation.”
Many pointed out that the officers were known as heroes not too long ago, particularly as relating to the Boston Marathon bombing. Cat Meesh said:
“How quickly Berklee College, right there on Boylston St, forgets the BPD running in to protect this City during the Marathon Bombings. Berklee – you are guiding the minds of students, be a bridge builder not a divider.”
Followed by Lisa Hines saying:
“Perhaps you don’t remember, but there have been police posted at the same intersection for every Boston Marathon run, including in 2013 when they cared for the injured, got people safely out of the area in case there were more devices, and oh, with the help of the FBI found the bombers in just FOUR days, FOUR!
Then there were the many Championship Parades that they have been assigned to, many on mandatory overtime, at the same intersection in front of your school.
Their presence never bothered anyone, including the plethora of drunk Berklee students they either assisted where they were going, or called EMS for the children who were too drunk to walk away safely.
Letting them use your facilities doesn’t make you a hero, but refusing to let them use the facilities makes you ridiculous.”
Kellie Marie also pointed out the quick change:
“So 2 weeks ago, the majority of people in this state liked the police in MA. Not perfect but overwhelmingly most of them were respected and liked. Now they are so hated that a college apologizes for letting them use the bathroom. This is disgusting.”
Mark Foley said:
“I saw this elsewhere and thought it was a joke. Departments should work together to keep the area safe. The administration & public safety department need to grow up and be the adults. You run the show! Just hope none of the rioters or looters were Berklee students. That would truly be an embarrassment to the college.”
Kyle Barrowcliff posted:
“Berklee this is pitiful. How about we take care of each other. How about we stop worrying about children’s hurt feelings and do what’s right for the community at large. Bowing to the hurt feelings and safe space kids is becoming ridiculous.
Police officers are our safety net and they are also our family. God forbid you had a school shooting and needed help. Oh that’s right you would request the police as well as the 100s of kids with cell phones who are currently denouncing any police presence. Can’t have it both ways.”
Elke Jennings commented:
“Looks like you’re pandering to the wrong people. The majority support our police and appreciate their commitment to public safety!”
Taking the words right out of this author’s mouth, Jimmy Holiday said:
“Wait a minute, let me get this right. . . you just apologized for letting Police Officers the common courtesy to use your bathrooms. . . . I cannot even fathom the amount of stupidity it took to issue this public apology. WOW, has the world lost it’s mind??????!!!!?????”
Kaitlin T. Silva said:
“And who exactly was there to protect your building from being spray painted on, windows smashed out and being set aflame? Oh right, the very police officers that you will no longer be allowing to use your facilities.
This is embarrassing. How do you expect to keep your campus, students and college community safe if you support defunding the police?
Who exactly is conducting that investigation of inappropriate conduct of one of your teachers against a student?
You can’t even keep your own students safe from professors that you keep on payroll and yet somehow you feel the need to ban police officers from your premises?”
Some even called out the President and board directly, saying they should be fired for the post, including Brandon J. Challisimov:
“Berklee, you guys are a joke and your response to this incident is laughable. Please continue to pander while making yourselves and your establishment look like a bunch of children.
Roger Brown, Mac Hisey and David Ransom should all be stripped of their jobs for supporting this asinine post.”
Patti Howard Walker put it simply, saying:
“What the actual hell?!!?! These officers would LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES for you!! If they have a long shift and need to pee, what’s the issue???”
I am happy to report that there were too many comments supporting the police and inclusiveness of ALL people to post them all.
Additionally, Dennis Galvin, who is a former state police major and president of the Massachusetts Association for Professional Law Enforcement, said the statement misses the point of the protests.
“If the object here is to improve policing, that statement is completely irrational. Some people want to make war with police. This letter is just playing to people’s emotions.”
Galvin said the ban is sending the wrong message and is discriminatory against all police officers.
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