Pittsburgh Police Chief Sides with Radical Protesters – Holds Sign Calling Cops Racist
Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay has angered officers serving under him by posing for a photograph while holding a sign that reads, “I RESOLVE TO CHALLENGE RACISM @ WORK #ENDWHITESILENCE”
McLay took to Twitter to promote the group and its photo of him holding their sign at Pittsburgh’s First Night parade.
— WHAT'S UP?! (@endwhitesilence) January 1, 2015
“@ChiefCSMcLay just committed to challenge racism at work #endwhitesilence We gonna hold you to it Chief!”
“”@endwhitesilence: It’s time for courageous conversations about implicit bias, race and gender @ work & in our communities. It’ll be OK…”
The group behind the campaign calls itself “Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy, Undermining Privilege)” or WHAT’S UP?!.
WHAT’S UP?! lists their goals on their website.
“To educate ourselves and strengthen our abilities to work for racial justice
“To support and encourage white people in challenging white supremacy, personally and structurally.
“To work in collaboration with organizations led by people of color and other allied individuals or organizations in the struggle for racial justice and collective liberation”
The group is focused solely on white racism and does not acknowledge racism by any other racial groups or ethnicities.
WHAT’S UP?!’s definition of racism:
“Racism: The normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics – historical, cultural, educational, institutional and interpersonal – that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. It is a system of hierarchy and inequity, characterized by white supremacy…”
The anti-white racism group was founded exclusively by whites in 2011. In 2014 they let non-white people in to the leadership of the group and changed their name from the original “Whites Working and Hoping to Abolish Total Supremacy, Undermining Privilege.”( Proving once again the accuracy of Monty Python’s send-up of the hypocritical left in “Life of Brian.”)
KDKA-TV reported the outrage from Pittsburgh police officers about McLay calling them racists.
“FOP President Howard McQuillan told KDKA’s Marty Griffin: “The chief is calling us racists. He believes the Pittsburgh Police Department is racist. This has angered a lot of officers.””
McLay issued a statement quoted by KDKA.
““I was hired to restore the legitimacy of the police department. I did not seek these young activists out. I was stopping for coffee at First Night. Their message is not anti-anybody. It is simply a call for awareness. The photo was a great, spontaneous moment in time. Please join dialogue for community healing.””
KDKA report’s the Mayor’s office is not pleased.
McLay posted a lengthy statement to Facebook on Friday in which he implied his officers are illegitimate racists who need to have their minds set right:
“…We will be engaging in training to refine our policing efforts in the near future. In the mean time, we will simply approach our job mindfully, with a continued motivation to protect and serve.
“Please beware also, race impacts how we view one another, and unconscious bias applies to how we deal with the public. It can also impact how we judge one another; I intend we will confront both through training.
“I support efforts to keep our communities safe, and will back the best efforts to do so. I trust and have faith in you. I also support efforts to improve and restore the communities’ perceptions of justice. The next time you see me engaging in discussions supporting social justice, please remember, we are all guardians of the constitution. This is the mission we all took an oath to uphold.
“Thank you for joining me in restoring the legitimacy of the policing profession.”
McLay’s views of cops as anti-Black racists were on display before he held the sign at the First Night parade. A week before McLay posted a Buzzfeed video to his Twitter account that accused police of being racist in how they perceived Black men and of killing them because they are Black.
And as Twitchy pointed out, McLay is also playing footsie with the cop-haters of Anonymous.