Race Awareness Helps Police to Confess All
Oxford, Esther, The Independent (London, England)
IT WAS confession time for the police officers sitting in a country hotel outside Bedford. "I used to play hopscotch on the pavement," said one woman. "If I landed on a crack I would shout: Arggghh! I'm going to marry a black man!"
Not a giggle could be heard. Then the next officer - a man: "I've laughed at racist jokes. I've even told racist jokes." There was a silence.
Then in a gentle voice the equal opportunities training officer asked: "But would you laugh at a racist joke now?"
No, no, was the answer. Oh no.
In the room were 17 police trainers, half-way through a six- week course on equal opportunities. At the end, they will be sent back to …
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Publication information: Article title: Race Awareness Helps Police to Confess All. Contributors: Oxford, Esther - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 21, 1993. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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