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Ill. Police Handout Criticized As Racist

February 26, 2013  | 

Dave Chappelle's Tyrone Biggums character. Screenshot via YouTube.
Dave Chappelle's Tyrone Biggums character. Screenshot via YouTube.

On one page, comedian Dave Chappelle appears as Tyrone Biggums, the stumbling junkie with crack residue around his mouth.

On other pages of an official North Chicago Police handout, a smiling African American man is handcuffed in an orange prison jumpsuit and another is portrayed as bug-eyed and slack-jawed in a mugshot. The handout—given to participants of the new North Chicago Citizen Police Academy last week—was intended to illustrate trial procedures. It had a much different effect.

Waukegan activist Ralph Peterson called the handout "outrageous." Jennifer Witherspoon, president of the NAACP's Lake County branch, said the handout reinforces "every negative stereotype blacks as a people have been fighting against."

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times story.

Tags: Community Relations, North Chicago (Ill.) PD, NAACP


Comments (8)

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mark @ 2/26/2013 7:02 PM

I don't understand the formula. Dave Chappelle and Daniel Tosh can do it because their comedians. But a non-comedian does the same conduct and it's suddenly wrong. What, it's only okay when it's done in jest? It should be black or white (no pun intended), right or wrong and not, "well, it depends."

George @ 2/26/2013 7:53 PM

Where is the uproar over the DHS targets featuring kids, pregnant women, old men and women in their homes... all WHITE people used in those targets. Where is the outrage? Nowhere, that's where.

So, what is the problem here? A black guy was used in a phamplet? So what. At least he wasn't on a life sized target for cops to shoot at.

John @ 2/27/2013 1:35 AM

May be the North Chicago Police Dept. members just want to accurately portray their experiences in pictures.

Ralph Petersen and Jennifer Witherspoon: it might help to prevent negative stereotypes if more members of the black community would stop committing crimes and using drugs.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 2/27/2013 6:33 AM

Outrageous....... cause it's true...

gatorhater @ 2/27/2013 3:36 PM

The problem is, is only black people can do anything that pertains to black people. No right or wrong exist with some people just YOU OWE ME and Americans allow this. We have let thing go so far that we are reaping now from this. It doesn’t make a difference if the add was meant one way or another it just matters that NAACP is making a beef. By the way where is my NAAWP, WET tv, United Cracker College Fund, JET magazine, All white colleges and white affirmative action….o that would be racist. I will call my Caucus of White congressmen…O wait that would be racist too>>>>>

vincent @ 2/27/2013 4:32 PM

Why would this mag print these obviously racist responses to this article? (except mark). Were the most uneducated responses chosen to reflect the mags opinion? Responding to these comments would be pointless, so I question your mags motives.

gatorhater @ 2/27/2013 4:45 PM

yes, I agree vincent when anyone does not agree with MY opinion I claim its racist too!. Shame the race card is wearing down then then what will you pull out ...another excuse? by the way you did respond! so hmmmm uneducated??

Ja Tu @ 2/28/2013 8:26 AM

It's said that stereotypes are born out of some truth.

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