Thursday, October 14, 2010

‘Probably a Black or Hispanic Kid’

A few weeks ago, someone entered our neighbors’ house.

We live in a mostly white, relatively affluent neighborhood.

As part of their efforts, the police asked me if I had seen anything (I hadn’t) and, after telling me that my neighbors had left their windows open, said in passing, “look it was probably some black or hispanic kid.”

With no information about the perpetrator, that kind of took me off guard.

Even if the odds are that it was some black or Hispanic kid, I am not sure how helpful or relevant that information was from the officer.

Seemed like just something that shouldn’t have been said.

Now, guess the race and gender of the police officer who made the comment…

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