1. Black Lives Matter members that participated in halting Toronto's Pride Parade are bullies. They entered the land of rainbows with blackened hearts. Don't get me wrong. I don't disagree with the reason for Black Lives Matter's existence. I just don't believe that the ends justify their means.
2. Black Lives Matter know that everyone is afraid to come out strongly against Black Lives Matter's behaviour because they are afraid of being labelled as "Racist!"
3. Black Lives Matter's members who participated in the halting of the Pride Parade should be officially charged, at the very least, with unlawful assembly and extortion. Given that they would not allow the parade to proceed until a document was signed by Pride leadership excluding uniformed police officers from participating in future Pride events.
4. Black Lives Matter members should not be invited back to Pride events. Not unless, or until, they sign a Code of Conduct that would outline how officials and authorities will work together to deal with such parade route disruptions in the future. Thereby eliminating a repeat performance.
5. Black Lives Matter members should have viewed Pride officials as potential allies. Holding their key event hostage to a list of demands is not helping Black Lives Matter win friends or influence people.
6. Black Lives Matter should be respectful of other forms of difference. They should not be pretending to speak for, or make demands on behalf of, other marginalized people.(i.e. Aboriginal People or People with Disabilities.)
7. Black Lives Matter need to work on their understanding of the Canadian Human Rights Act.. You can't claim to work against discrimination by discriminating against others, (It's not right to discriminate based on colour ... PERIOD! Your not selling T-Shirts to supporters because they are not "black" is unacceptable.)
8. Black Lives Matter needs to understand that "the loudest voice in the room is the weakest" because it demonstrates that you are not ready to listen. In order to facilitate effective change you need to be prepared to negotiate. Listening is a mandatory skill for this process.
9. Black Lives Matter should know that respect is earned not demanded. Even if we go by Ziad K. Abdelnour's belief that "Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated." We now know that Black Lives Matter does not deserve our trust, respect, or loyalty, They totally violated the #LoveIsLove party that is Pride Toronto.
10 Black Lives Matter as much as, not more than, other lives.