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Les Green's comments on police racist?

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2013 | 12:00 AM


I have no quarrel with retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green for his assessment of the state of Jamaica's crime-fighting technology. But I have a big problem with his sociology.

In 1976, a United States secretary of agriculture, Earl Lauer Butz, on his way to the Republican Convention to nominate President Gerald Ford, said, "Blacks wanted only three things: satisfying sex, loose shoes, and a warm bathroom." Within days, after much furore about his racist remarks, he had to resign his Cabinet position with the words "the use of bad racial commentary in no way reflects my real attitude".

Fast-forward to 2013 and Mr Les Green, in speaking of Jamaican police, says, "There is always a drink or a pretty woman to distract them."

Will someone please tell me what is the difference between these two statements?