Two days ago we had the farce of searching South London for a 25 stone Afro-Caribbean woman based on the sole information being that she had a mole under her eye. Narry a mention of the fact that she was distinguished from the rest of the happy shoppers by the being the size of a small school bus and a different colour from 90% of the population.
Today we learn that for 12 years we have been looking for a 52 year old Afro-Caribbean based on this photograph which by any stretch of the imagination suggests a white male aged between 20 and 30. Any suggestion of Afro-Caribbean features have been air-brushed out of existence.
We all have distinguishing features, that is what the phrase means – distinguishing, different from some others.
Are we to assume that the next time the Police are looking for a 25 year old white male they will be issuing a photo-fit that looks remarkably like a 52 year old Afro-Caribbean, just to fool us all?
This man is now charged with the despicable rape of several elderly men and women aged between 68 and 93. He has been operating in the same small area of South London for 12 years. The Police had a DNA sample which told them that almost certainly the suspect was from the Windward Islands in the Caribbean. They knew that his genetic make-up was 70% sub-Saharan African. They knew that it was inconceivable that he would have the delicate northern European features and light skin shown in the photo-fit.
I simply don’t believe that not one of those elderly people had managed to give a description that failed to identify him as being part of 10% of the population of London.
If it is felt to be racist to correctly signal to those looking for him that the man – or woman – is Afro-Caribbean, then that renders every other photo-fit as racist.
Next time there is a major outrage in London involving the Police, let us hear the new description.
‘A person shot a police officer this afternoon’.
We are not going to tell you what sex they are – that would be sexist.
We are not going to tell you what colour they are – that would be racist.
We are not going to tell you which religious building they emerged from – that would be religionist.
We are not going to tell you if they have any missing limbs or other distinguishing features – that would be disablist.
We are not going to tell you what they were wearing – that might identify their nationality.
Nor will we tell you they looked like Danny La Rue in drag – could be homophobic.
They are however, very dangerous, and your life could be at risk if you meet them on a dark night.
The Macpherson report has a lot to answer for.
5 rapes and 6 indecent assaults of elderly people in the twilight of their life for a start.