And yea, there are aspects of the phrase that I really don't relate to, like the concept of a bastard, the absolute nature of ALL, and that the phrase is pointing to individuals and not systems...but still, I do understand and appreciate the general anti-cop perspective.
And go to this link from crimethinc for a more thorough analysis of (the) police force: Seven Myths about the Police.
from wikipedia (which I condensed a little): A.C.A.B. is an anti-police acronym standing for "All Cop[per]s Are Bastards", used as a slogan in graffiti, tattoos, and other imagery.
HistoryThe Dictionary of Catchphrases attests the acronym in graffiti as early as 1977 in an article by a Newcastle journalist who spent a night in jail and documented the term written on walls; the book reckons the acronym itself to be no older than the 1970s, though the full phrase to date back as far as the 1920s. The British Oi! punk band, the 4-Skins, popularized the acronym A.C.A.B. in their 1980s song of the same name.
UsageThe acronym is often integrated into prison tattoos in the United Kingdom, commonly rendered as one letter per finger, alternatively sometimes seen as symbolic small dots across each knuckle. In modern politics skinheads use "ACAB" as "All Cops Are Bastards". Additionally, the anarchist movement often uses ACAB as a political slogan, most notably by antifa groups.
The use of the acronym has also been used by law enforcement personnel as a counter-acronym: Always Carry A Badge or Always Carry A Bible.
- Dutch News - Football fans fined for anti-police t-shirt.
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