So a friend was just banned from the queer network for, among other things (all of them equally baseless), posting a video of Black Panthers chanting “No more pigs in our community” on a thread.
In case you can’t read the text it says that “slurs” which might offend queer police officers are bad- that it’s a problem that Pat’s posts might affect the delicate feelings of queer cops (and how delicate their feelings must be, being a traitor to your gender and/or sexuality is just so hard).
Ray also argues that Pat isn’t in the position of the Black Panthers, no doubt true, but does Ray think that the Black Panther’s attack on the police was limited to a particular standpoint? It was supposed to be, in a sense, universal in scope.
This is the perfect case study in why an identity is not a politics. An identity might help you reach a certain level of political awareness, but it’s possible to be oppressed in countless ways and still fret about the feelings of the police.
Anyway I bring this up because if we want a radical queer movement, which doesn’t concieve of radicalism as intensified moralistic handwringing, it’s obvious we have to build it ourselves. The current queer movement has two wings- a a “left”-wing and a right-wing. The right-wing worries about looking respectable and the absorption of queers into the existing social. The “left”-wing seems mostly concerned with norms of interpersonal respect and language in popular culture and everyday interaction. In effect while the right tries to squeeze us into existing social mores, like respectable monogamy, the “left” demands that new social mores be constructed to fit us into what exists.
Neither pose a total critique of the existing social order. We need a movement that recognizes that the fundamental ways in which this world reproduces and expands itself presuppose our oppression, and thus what exists must be dismantled by us (that is the “us” who produce this world, the vast bulk of humanity) both for the sake of our liberation and the liberation of all.
In other words, we need a movement which recognizes that our particular oppression as queers is one of the conditions of oppression as a whole. That our movement is part of a larger whole and can find its greatest utility, for ourselves and others, as an aspect of the real movement to abolish the present state of things- communism.
Power to all those who stand against the violence of the police.