A group of college kids were so angry that their fellow University of Virginia students recently had a “cops and robbers” themed costume party that they protested and shut down the event.
UVA Students United claimed that fraternity brothers dressing in orange jumpsuits and female guests wearing police officer uniforms made a joke of “systems that disproportionately brutalize people of color.”
The fact that the fraternity brothers didn’t think the costume party would offend anyone is, as UVA Students United claimed, the “kind of willful ignorance that allows white supremacy to continue.”
If these students hate seeing even someone pretending to be a police officer, it’s clear what they think of the actual police.
Incarcerating criminals found guilty by the justice system for prison-worthy crimes is a “prison-industrial complex,” according to the group.
The Daily Caller reports:
UVA Students United, a student group focused on social justice, reported that around 20 students shut down the UVA Delta Psi chapter’s date function, which involved male fraternity brothers dressing up in orange jumpsuits and female guests wearing cop uniforms.
These students were so angered by the costume party that that they protested to shut it down. UVA Students United claims:
We organize around issues of social, economic, and racial justice, and move directly from discussion to action through community organizing and mobilizations.
We organize around issues including AccessUVa, skyrocketing tuition, declining student of color enrollment, living wages for workers, and students’ role in University decision-making.
We’re part of the Virginia Student Power Network, a network of students taking action for accessible and democratic education around the state.
Moving “directly from discussion to action” for “justice” means protesting costume parties, because they’re college kids. If they don’t want to study or work, all they really have to do is party or protest other parties.
Unfortunately, perpetrators of violence sometimes get away with their deeds. Luckily for us, though, we have a judicial system that works hard and police officers who put their lives at risk in order to respond to criminal activity.
Recent controversies show that police officers can be criticized for both acting too quickly and not quickly enough. There are more than 1.1 million police officers in the United States, and obviously, not all of them are good cops, but officers in general deserve our respect, not hostility.
Nevertheless, UVA Students United posted on their Facebook page:
These ‘costumes’ make a joke of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, systems that disproportionately brutalize people of color. The predominantly white members of this fraternity got to take their costumes off at the end of the night, people trapped in the prison system do not.
Historically, the police have justified violence against people of color in the name of protecting white women, and in wearing these costumes, these women made a joke of that legacy of violence […]
During confrontations with people at the party, the majority of partygoers asserted that they had no intention of ‘offending or hurting anyone.’ It’s this kind of willful ignorance that allows white supremacy to continue.
Protesting a simple reference to the police at a harmless costume party is disrespectful to the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers who do not “justify violence against people of color in the name of protecting white women” or “brutalize” law abiding Americans.
Get ready for the real world, kids, because there are actual police officers all around. Luckily, surprising as it may be to you, they don’t hate you or want to put you in prison for no reason.