The 60th annual New York City Puerto Rican Day parade steps off June 17 under a cloud of its own creation—the designation of Marxist bomber Oscar Lopez Rivera as the event’s first “National Freedom Hero.” The honorific is a rhetorical fantasy—to which nation, exactly, is he a hero?—but when it comes to politicized parades, facts take a backseat.
FALN was a violent domestic terror group that murdered NY citizens and bombed NYPD cops, who were specifically targeted. One of the bombed cops also happened to be a PR. Any NYPD organization that supports this parade, while it celebrates a terrorist, is a disgrace.
If the NYPD Hispanic Society had any honor, it would use it's position to publicly condemn the parade's celebration of a terrorist, refuse to march, and use its influence to dissuade other organizations from marching as well.
The action by the PR Day Parade is no less disgusting, than if the Muslim Day Parade decided to publicly honor Osama Bin Laden or if the African-American Day Parade decided to publicly honor Joanne Chesimard.