In case you didn't know, the police were a major reason for the start of Pride in the first place.
The person who instigated the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement, Marsha P. Johnson, did so in direct reaction to the police performing a raid on the Stonewall bar in the West Village in New York City.
So people were understandably unnerved to see the police providing an escort to Nazis at a pride parade.
At Detroit's Motor City Pride Festival on Saturday, June 8, a faction of Neo-Nazi protestors showed up to give grief to those celebrating pride.
They were accompanied by a police escort.
Today at Motor City Pride, a friendly LGBT+ event, Detroit PD escorted Nazi's in full uniform outside of the entran… https://t.co/EnD4pT4T1M— marc (@marc)1560052682.0
https://t.co/R0TC4cJZ41— marc (@marc)1560052694.0
@marcklock @discoscientist Dear God... Please tell me the police were just escorting the lot of them to jail, or of… https://t.co/Eb5ms5ICnd— JagTaggart (@JagTaggart)1560084886.0
The marchers held flags with swastikas emblazened on them and reportedly ripped up rainbow flags and yelled "white power" and "sieg heil."
And quite frankly, people haven't the stomach for it.
So, on the 50th anniversary year of Stonewall, a riot against police brutality and oppression, modern law enforceme… https://t.co/ILy9qtJHTK— Misty Gedlinske (@Misty Gedlinske)1560089644.0
Today armed neo-nazis crashed motor city pride with a police escort to make sure that nobody could stop them from t… https://t.co/70XNID0MYl— ✨MELANCHOLYISM✨ (@✨MELANCHOLYISM✨)1560053025.0
Where was Detroit Police when armed Nazis were marching with their NAZI FLAG shouting Homophobic slurs, anti-black… https://t.co/jqoyzBwUlB— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1560094945.0
Yesterday, a group of Nationalist Socialist protesters marched on Motor City Pride. There sight of actual Nazis att… https://t.co/YhRMbAn4QY— Gabbylicious🌻 (@Gabbylicious🌻)1560093103.0
Something like this gives a very real face to phenomena that are dismissed as on society's fringe. "It was only a h… https://t.co/LwBeHtVTzO— Gabbylicious🌻 (@Gabbylicious🌻)1560093365.0
Recently, the Trump administration announced that it would attempt to institute draconian punishments for protester… https://t.co/dSIhRGTnm6— Gabbylicious🌻 (@Gabbylicious🌻)1560093751.0
The point of the comparison is that the state is not neutral, and we should not pretend it is. It chooses which fre… https://t.co/nPsXCm8Ysh— Gabbylicious🌻 (@Gabbylicious🌻)1560093952.0
It may not take the form of jackbooted skinheads waving swastikas, but the agenda they represent is stronger and mo… https://t.co/ep8EdO8Q8m— Gabbylicious🌻 (@Gabbylicious🌻)1560094247.0
So why were the police protecting those who wished to do the parade attendees harm?
@marcklock There goes the Straight Pride Parade— La Birdie 🦇 (@La Birdie 🦇)1560108370.0
@marcklock When this happened at our local pride one very brave dude marched ahead of them with a big sign stating… https://t.co/im2C6DB7jd— dark_folds_of_life (@dark_folds_of_life)1560127474.0
@marcklock 75 years ago Nazis literally put gay people in gas chambers. Now they're getting a police escort to pride.— Yorick Hunt (@Yorick Hunt)1560089043.0
@marcklock ESCORTED? LIKE A QUEEN/KING? LIKE ROYAL PEOPLE?! LIKE THEY MATTER?! https://t.co/6mqco5mIBN— Rojev Iceberg (@Rojev Iceberg)1560112174.0
The police marched with the Nazis at a pride parade.
Talk about sending the wrong message.
@marcklock My Grandpa who is 98 years old fought in WW2 against these creeps. This makes me sick— Ruth Prophete 🇭🇹 🏳️🌈 (@Ruth Prophete 🇭🇹 🏳️🌈)1560109516.0
@marcklock @Martina For everyone who says that people are exaggerating when the current admin is called fascist and… https://t.co/DdL5zgvk3Q— Sheila O'Flanagan (@Sheila O'Flanagan)1560150708.0
@marcklock @joshnether Why does America protect and tolerate groups that promote hate and violence towards others?… https://t.co/t1e9E2VTOV— MK (@MK)1560193480.0
@marcklock Bethesda: I remember when Nazis were the bad guys...wait no they still are idk why this is a debate now https://t.co/R6au24Fszp— The_Scissors_You_Run_With (@The_Scissors_You_Run_With)1560128902.0
@marcklock @shahmiruk American cops support 'Nazi-Pride' during, and at direct opposition to LBGTQ pride..? Wow. Just wow.— R (@R)1560161415.0
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