Gay Bar Removes Pro-Police Flag, Donates to Group Tying Them to 'Black Genocide'
Nellie's Sports Bar, a gay bar in Washington, D.C., put up a "Blue Lives Matter" flag by mistake, following an event with LGBT police officers in March. After an intersectionality nonprofit called foul and blamed the bar for "supporting state sanctioned black genocide," the bar took down the flag, apologized, and even honored the nonprofit with a donation.
"Boycott nellies, trash a** establishment supporting state sanctioned black genocide," Instagram user s1unltd posted with an image showing the Blue Lives Matter flag — an American flag with one stripe in blue as opposed to white.
No Justice No Pride (NJNP), a D.C. nonprofit organization that aims "to end the LGBT movement's complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize queer and trans individuals," posted his picture with more text attacking Nellie's. NJNP emphasizes the diversity of its members — "black, brown, queer, trans," etc. — and declares that "there can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us."
"Nellie's Sports Bar is cancelled," No Justice No Pride flatly declared. "In the wake of the murder of Stephon Clark and non indictment of the officers who killed Alton Sterling, they have the audacity to fly a flag that tells us they don't value Black Lives," NJNP continued. "This is anti blackness."
While No Justice No Pride did not explicitly use the words of s1unltd, by posting his photo with the text blaming Nellie's for "supporting state sanctioned black genocide," the organization effectively blasted the gay bar as a party to black genocide.
NJNP even associated Nellie's with the white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, VA.
In opposing the Blue Lives Matter flag, NJNP took up the banner of Black Lives Matter, a movement protesting the killing of black people by police officers. Black Lives Matter activists have protested many wrongful deaths and a few cases in which police were arguably justified in their actions.
In particular, No Justice No Pride mentioned the death of Stephon Clark last month and that of Alton Sterling in 2016. Last month, an investigation determined the police shooting of Sterling was justified.