Pride Toronto Will Not Meet Demands From Black Lives Matter.
SEE UPDATE AT THE END OF BLOG
The more coverage I see about what the Black Lives Matter did during the Pride Toronto celebration, the more I start to really not care for their cause. I get mad even reading our previous coverage in "Black Lives Matter Claims Victory A Toronto Pride Parade." It brings back memories of the poor judgment they showed by protesting at Bernie Sanders' Seattle rally. From our friends at DailyXtra.com in Toronto, hereis a summative video of what the BLM did this weekend at Pride Toronto.
Pride Toronto gave into these activists? Will they make the changes?
Pride Toronto is backing away from the promises made to Black Lives Matter Toronto during a protest that temporarily shut down the Pride Parade.
“My priority yesterday was to make the parade move,” Mathieu Chantelois, the executive director of Pride Toronto, told CP24 the following day on July 4, 2016. “Frankly, Black Lives Matter is not going to tell us that there are no more floats anymore in the parade.”
Instead, Chantelois said it is up to the community and the membership of Pride Toronto to determine whether or not the police should march in Pride.
Chantelois said that he was on board with all of the demands except for excluding police floats from Pride.
“Most of these things I can do because they’re simple and they’re operational,” he said. “But for something big like this, if the community doesn’t agree with the decision that we are making as an executive, we need to all sit down together and we need to make the right decision.”
Chantelois and Pride Toronto co-chair Alica Hall both signed off on the nine demands that BLMTO made after the group staged a sit-in at the intersection of Yonge and College streets.
The other demands included more autonomy, funding and support for Blockorama, Black Queer Youth and other community organizations, the return of a South Asian stage, more ASL interpreters for black deaf people and more diverse hiring practices.
Chantelois said that he was personally comfortable with an organized police presence, but understands why some community members wouldn’t be.
“So I think as a community, we have to come together and make some important decisions together,” he said.
Pride Toronto refused requests for an interview with Daily Xtra, but issued a written statement: - DailyXtra.com
Mathieu Chantelois, you are a much better man than I. Pride Toronto, you are sticking to your slogan "You Can Sit With Us" and are willing to keep BLM in the loop. But we do thank you for not giving any group a carte blanche when it comes to regulating a celebration that is supposed to be inclusive for all.
I think backlash from the Black Lives Matter action was expected. To this they say, 'This type of push back, this type of backlash, it means that we've struck a nerve."
Here is an excerpt from a story by cbcnews.toronto.
An activist group that stalled Canada's largest Pride parade to demand more rights for racialized communities says it's being flooded with hate mail, some of it sent by members of the LGBT community.
Black Lives Matter Toronto says the vitriol demonstrates the racism it is trying to combat with its actions.
Ever since the sit-in, however, Black Lives Matter Toronto has been the target of vicious, racist emails, some from members of the larger LGBT community, said Janaya Khan, a co-founder of the group.
"Particularly our queer and trans members, myself included, we have received dozens and dozens and dozens since the action," said Khan. "I think that is testament to why we had to create an intervention into Pride in the first place."
The hate mail, which is "100 per cent" made up of anti-black racism, denounces members of Black Lives Toronto who have identified as queer and trans, said Khan.
"It's, 'You could never be a part of our community, you savage monkey,' that kind of thing," she said. "The reality is that gender and sexual diversity doesn't negate the reality of racism and white privilege.… In their minds, my blackness made it so that I couldn't possibly be a part of their community." - cbcnews.toronto
For more on this go over to the cbcnews.toronto web page and read the whole story.