The New York Police Department (NYPD) union released a video titled “Blue Racism” on Sunday, in response to the false narrative that all law enforcement officials are racist.
“When they look at me, they see blue,” the narrator states. “To be blue, I and over 700,000 brother and sisters swore an oath to uphold the constitution of my country, my state and my city, so help me God. Yet, even in such numbers, I’m a minority as this strange form of racism continues to engulf the country.”
The video is based on an essay by John Pappas, written after two NYPD officers were murdered in Brooklyn in December 2014.
“Broad-brush attacks generalizations and assumptions by college professors, politicians, community activists, merchants, and violence from people who I am committed to serving and in spite of being afraid to proudly say in my private life that I am blue for fear of physical injury death or the safety of my loved ones,” the voiceover added.
The video features news clips of slain officers, including Miosotis Familia, a single-mother and NYPD officer, who was shot in the Bronx last July.
While some are praising the video’s message, many find the conflation of race to be insulting.
“This sounds ridiculous and is insult to people who actually experience racism,” one New York City resident, who requested to remain anonymous, told Red Alert.
Shep Gerszberg, another New York-area resident, told Red Alert, “Racism is the wrong word, and using it takes away from what he is trying to say and is kind of ridiculous… But if you deny that movements like black lives matters have caused a massive and dangerous increase in hatred and bias against cops, then you are equally ridiculous and it is the same level as denying the existence of racism in this country.”
Towards the end of the video, a message of solidarity is displayed for law enforcement officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, who were put right in the middle of fights between white nationalists and counter protesters like Antifa.
“We condemn the Nazi, white supremacist actions and rhetoric displayed in Charlottesville, VA this past week,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims of this violence and the police officers that were killed doing their job.”
Two Virginia State Police troopers died in a helicopter crash while patrolling the airspace during the rally on August 12.
The video concludes with a chilling effect, listing officers nationwide who were shot “during the completion of this video…”
Those officers are Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt Richard Howard of the Kissimee, Florida Police Department, who were both fatally shot along with four wounded officers, Jacksonville officers Michael Fox and Kevin Jarell, shot while returning fire, and two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, who were shot but are reportedly now in stable condition, while shooting a wanted burglary suspect.