posted on Dec, 23 2014 @ 10:39 AM
I was once following a car preparing to stop them and radioed that I was following "such and such vehicle, occupied twice, two male blacks." My
lieutenant for the day came over the radio to correct me, coming up with some random BS question about "the two male African Americans." I then put
out "two male blacks" again, conducted my stop, and went about my business.
Later that day, I was called in to an office with my LT and a Captain, where the LT explained to me in no uncertain terms that "male black" was a
racist term and I couldn't use it over the radio or in reports. When I asked how I was supposed to know if these guys were Americans and not, say,
Ugandan, I was told it "doesn't matter, you can't say BLACK, because it's RACIST."
We also weren't allowed to say "Middle Eastern." We had to say "olive complected." Because apparently it did matter that since somebody might be ME or
Hispanic, and we didn't know until we made contact with them, we couldn't say ME but we had to call all black people African Americans, without
knowing whether they were American or not.
That's all changed now, but not until after I got a couple unpaid days off and was informed that I was racist, and used racist language in a
professional manner. I had no idea that I was such a racist until they cleared it up for me that one word was enough to make me racist through and
Amazing what you can learn about yourself from other people who don't really know a thing about you, isn't it?
edit on 23-12-2014 by
Shamrock6 because: typos n such