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It’s shallow. It’s tone deaf. It’s in poor taste. Please be fucking for real.
We’re only three days into Black History Month, and people are already cutting up. Within the first two days of February, police departments in both Miami, Florida, and Columbus, Ohio, unveiled their own separate police cruisers commemorating the month, complete with Kente cloth patterns, raised “Black Power” fists, and Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.
And, it was a hot mess.
On February 1, the Columbus Police Department dropped a video on Twitter, introducing the world to History 1, a police vehicle designed to “celebrate the achievements of African-Americans and recognize their roles in our history.” Plastered with red, yellow, and green hearts and the cheesiest of MLK’s quotes on the back windshield, History 1 will reportedly be patrolling Columbus’ neighborhoods and community events all throughout February.
Only one day later, the Miami Police Department unleashed its own Pan-African patrol vehicle—an announcement that is especially rich considering it came swiftly after the College Board watered down the curriculum for its AP African American Studies course following objections from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
— Danez (@Danez_Smif) February 3, 2023
“This is Black history,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said about the cop car during the Thursday press conference, according to Complex. And to make matters worse, the mayor also indirectly referenced the death of Tyre Nichols, who died three days after five Memphis police officers assaulted him during a traffic stop.