Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UK: "White" is dangerous word

I believe that “whiter than white” was originally an advertising slogan for a laundry powder so it actually refers to washing.  It has nothing to do with race. It is one of those rare advertising slogans that became part of common usage -- as with "Where's the beef?" in the USA

A senior [London cop] could face the sack for alleged racist language after using the phrase “whiter than white” in a briefing to colleagues.

He could face an internal investigation for gross misconduct — the most serious disciplinary offence. Sources said the detective superintendent addressed colleagues about the need to be faultless and above reproach in carrying out inquiries, saying that they needed to be “whiter than white”.

The Met later received a complaint about his comment and passed it to the police watchdog for investigation.

The officer has now been placed on restricted duties while the Independent Office for Police Conduct investigates. He has been told the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.

A highly respected officer, he strenuously denies any wrongdoing and is co-operating fully with the investigation. He is attached to the Met’s anti-corruption squad, the Directorate of Professional Standards, a policing branch portrayed in the BBC drama Line Of Duty.

Insiders said the internal investigation shows the extent to which the police misconduct process has got out of hand.

One said: “There was no bad intent in this comment, it may have been a poor use of language but this is not what the misconduct process is for. This is not corruption, this is not serious wrongdoing. There should be informal ways of dealing with this, particularly at a time when we are so short of experienced officers.”

A spokesman for the Plain English Campaign said: “As the phrase means ‘morally beyond reproach’ and is used in that context with that intent, it seems fairly ludicrous that the officer in question is being investigated at all, let alone for ‘gross misconduct’. ”



Stan B said...

So a guy uses the term from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/whiter-than-white in England and gets into trouble?

Imagine that!

Bill R. said...

This is just stupid. Whiter than white means cleaner than clean even in this context and has nothing to do with race creed or color. I hope I'm dead and buried before I see the final fall of Britain. My own country, the USA, is following them down the shithole also.

d said...

It won't be long before no speech is allowed as anything said will offend someone somewhere.
I weep for our society.

Anonymous said...

The phrase, To be whiter than white, means to be beyond reproach, pure of mind and heart.
It has nothing whatsoever to do with race.


How on earth can that officer be punished for using that phrase. Britain is surely committing cultural and national suicide. My heart aches to see the western peoples deluding themselves that they are being virtuous by deliberately destroying their civilisation and wiping themselves out of existence. What a strange collective suicide is this.