Yeah, a white officer Cleon Brown took a genetic test via Ancestry.com and discovered that he’s 18% black.
After recovering from shock, the officer started to notice that his coworkers are racists.
According to a suit filed on his behalf, officers in the Hastings Police Department whispered “Black Lives Matter” as they passed him, and the chief referred to him as “Kunte,” after the character in Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.”
“There was an instance where my client was talking to the mayor, and the mayor ― upon learning that my client was 18 percent African-American ― proceeded to tell him a racist joke” using a racial slur, Brown’s attorney, Karie Boylan, told CBS Detroit.
At Christmas, the Christmas tree in the office was decorated with different Santa Claus figurines, each named after the different officers on the force. The one for Brown was black, with “18%” written on the beard.
Brown has since filed a federal civil rights lawsuit for $500,000 and is also calling for better racial sensitivity training for the officers.
In responding to the suit, the City of Hastings claimed that it was Brown himself who kept bringing up his heritage and making inappropriate jokes about it, according to WOOD-TV. The officer involved in the Santa incident has apologized to Brown, and the city claims that the chief told the officers that further jokes about Brown’s heritage would not be tolerated.
However, Brown has insisted that he told Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt that he “was not upset and that he was proud of his African heritage.”
So, what about an obligatory DNA test for all the police officers? Will they stop being racist if they discover that all of them are partly black?
What a crazy world.