Reposted from DNAinfo
June 26, 2016
By Ariel Cheung
“Chicago Police effectively canceled Pride at Montrose on Sunday, forcing organizers to turn off music and shut down stage performances due to a barricade they said was too short — but organizers and participants believe the shutdown was racially motivated.
Activists expressed outrage Sunday night, dismayed that what could have been the ‘best’ Pride at Montrose in two decades of the event would not be realized.
‘We were peaceful, we were beautiful. But it didn’t matter,’ organizer Erik Glenn wrote on the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus Facebook page. ‘The CPD knew they wanted to shut us down before the event even started. Black people everywhere know we are judged as violent before we even begin.'”