Thursday, March 30, 2017
Must not use a watermelon as a hat
A police officer has come under fire and accused of racism after he posted a picture on Facebook with his face superimposed - on a watermelon.
PC Ifor Williams posted the 'funny dad pic' - featuring him with a watermelon 'helmet' and slices of the juicy gourd for glasses - on his Facebook profile.
But Equality campaigners have condemned the decorated city beat officer - who patrols an area with a high black population - for promoting a racial stereotype.
Watermelon images were deemed offensive in the 19th century where black people were characterised as lazy and work-shy, who would sit around eating the 'fruit'.
Pc Williams, who was last year awarded the Queen's Police Medal, patrols the high black population St Paul's area of Bristol.
Equality campaigner and poet Lawrence Hoo was angered by the image when PC Williams contacted him via Snapchat with a friend request.
Mr Hoo, 48, said: 'I do find this incredibly offensive and insensitive. I don't think this is something you can accidentally do.