Here’s yet another reason we should be thankful our forefathers kicked the crap out of the British. Under the King’s rule we’d be subjected to silly thought crime/hate speech laws that don’t allow us to say normal non-racist things. British police are banned from using the phrases “whiter than white” and “good egg” because someone, and it’s not clear who, thinks these may be racist. Keep in mind that no one is saying these terms are racist, just that they may be, so they’re erring on the side of caution.
This is just insane, as reported by LBC:
Police are being warned not to say “good egg” out of fear it could be seen as being racist…
The phrase “a good egg”, more commonly known for describing somebody as kind or reliable, is also being discouraged for fear it is associated with racist undertones.
What racist undertones would those be? A “good egg” is a term for decent human being. That’s as true here in the US as it is for the UK. Well, it was in the UK, now apparently it’s racist.
Maybe the craziest thing about this is the British press reported on it like it was completely normal for the British police being “discouraged” from saying “good egg.” They didn’t question it or even try to determine what these mysterious “racial undertones” are.
And if that seems bonkers, check this shit out, also from LBC:
A senior officer with the Metropolitan Police is reported to be under investigation for using the phrase “whiter than white” after a complaint suggested it had racist undertones.
The officer is said to have used the words during a briefing to colleagues in which he was warning of the need to be above reproach when carrying out inquiries.
[The officer] has reportedly been placed on restrictive duties while an investigation is carried out.
A spokesman for the Independent Office of Police Conduct told the Evening Standard: “I can confirm that as part of Operation Embley into allegations of serious corruption and malpractice within the Directorate of Professional Standards a notice of investigation has been served on an officer informing them we are investigating the alleged use of language deliberately intended to offend and that had racist undertones.
“Whiter than white” is a non-racist phrase that means “morally beyond reproach.” The way this officer used it was in the context of conducting investigations with full integrity. The phrase itself is not racist, but it does contain the word “white” so that’s obviously the problem.
As you can see, there is that “racial undertones” thing again. Without question this officer is being accused of corruption and malpractice for saying the word “white.” Well, that and racism.
I wonder if the British police are banned from saying other colors like “black” “brown” and “yellow” or if it’s just “white.” Also, who exactly is being racially defamed here? White people? As a white person I can assure the British that neither I nor any of the other white people are offended by this in the slightest.
I guess I could see if cops were banned from saying “that bloke is a good egg because he’s whiter than white” but this is completely ridiculous. And again, let’s give thanks to those brave Colonists who kicked King George and the Redcoats right in the ass.