Seattle-based brewer, Michael Dempster owns Mirage Brewery. In June, Mirage launched a brew called “Choosey Lover.” Dempster directed that every can include a stamp that reads “ACAB means all cops.”
ACAB is a very old anti-police acronym meaning “all cops are bastards.”
Dempster told KIRO 7 TV,
I used the markings because I stand against institutional racism, of which modern policing is a militarized arm…It’s not about individual police officers, it’s about a system. But I think to the casual observer, it seems like an attack on individual police officers, all cops.
Ah! So you’re a bigoted idiot, then! Thanks for the clarification! You say “all cops,” but you don’t mean all cops, though you acknowledge that the “casual observer,” meaning someone who can read and understand English, might think that by “all cops” you mean “all cops,” when you really just mean “the system.”
In short, you’re an idiot. Good to know.
I remember back in the days of Strawberry Alarm Clock, aspiring revolutionaries called the police “pigs” when they weren’t so stoned they couldn’t talk without giggling. Then those children grew up and went to work for investment firms. At the time, I thought such fad cretinism had gone out with tie-dyed shirts and love beads.
Then, in 2020, came The Great Stupid, when the accidental death of a black man in Minneapolis as a result of brutality by a cop who was an equal opportunity thug without any background of racism, was cynically exploited by anarchists, anti-white racists, Black Lives Matter, the antifa, and Democrats—nice crowd you guys hang out with!—to spread hate, racial distrust and division across the nation as a power grab. Now anti-police bigotry is making a big comeback, though, as before, there is no justification for it, and the idea that civilization can exist without diligent enforcement of the rule of law is signature significance for ignorance of so, so much: history, human nature, logic.
Business owners have the right to politicize their products and services, of course, but it’s un-Amercan, divisive, and wrong. Here Kantian ethics rules: Imagine a nation where every product and service publicized who was and was not welcome as a customer. People like Michael Dempster are a poison in society and a virus in a democracy. They serve to polarize and spread hate, just like my neighbors who put Black Lives Matter signs on their lawns .
I admit to being a near absolutist on deliberately divisive messaging: I even object to campaign bumper stickers. “Hurray for our side,” as Buffalo Springfield sang in 1967, is an ominous sentiment. It is fineat a sporting event; it’s destructive anywhere else. I really like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, but once they named a flavor after Stephen Colbert’s show, I was out. The current owners of this creation of two superannuated hippies can advocate anything they want as individuals; politicizing ice cream is despicable.
So is politicizing beer.