Harassment during Pride

A news release from the Minneapolis Police Department regarding harassment during the Gay Pride parade last weekend:

Currently, there is a video on YouTube of an incident that occurred sometime during the Minneapolis Gay Pride Festival. There has been some speculation that Minneapolis Police Officers were in that video. The Minneapolis Police Department wants to assure the public that those security officers who casually walk by during this incident were not from our department. We have a strict uniform policy and those were not our uniforms or our police officers. This is unacceptable behavior that would not be tolerated by the Minneapolis Police. Action would have been taken immediately to stop the harassment that is depicted in the video.

Aside from settling the issue that it wasn’t the MPD who didn’t step in to help, the video is most troubling because of the kids who’ve been taught to “hate gay people.”

  • b

    Thank you for pointing out the fact that the kids’ hatred has been taught to them. The number of really disturbing racist comments about this video as it circulates on youtube and facebook is even more disturbing to me– when people respond to hate with more hate, it makes everything even worse. as Gandhi said “an eye for an eye makes everyone blind.”

  • http://tcavengers.wordpress.com/ TC Avengers

    A similar group yelled the same insults throughout Dyke March, which took place Saturday night around 8 pm. They were located near the intersection of Grant and LaSalle. They stayed on the sidwalk – out of the way of 500+ people – but it was still disturbing.

  • c

    i would agree with you b about the wrongness in that there are ‘parents’ or other ‘adults’ out there spreading lies about people as Gospel Truth to children.

  • Kona

    This is a good example of why it is important to teach the value of tolerance and respect toward people who are “different” especially to youth. There is no civilized or logical reason why anyone would want to harm an innocent. Every community has to struggle with their own homophobia and the Somali community is no exception. This is true despite their own grievances with hate and discrimination. Let us not forget the fact that there are gay and lesbian people within the Somali community that experience hatred and fear among their own peers. Gay bashing is nothing new and it is not unique to any one culture. The people in this clip are responsible for their own actions– those who recorded the video are not responsible for them.