Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

Today, in a greater effort to protect and serve, the Lockport Police Department posted a question to its Facebook page. Perhaps unaware of the social media storm that ensued after the New York Police Department asked Twitter users to post photos using the #MyNYPD hashtag in April, Lockport PD wondered:

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

According to the 2010 Census, nearly 22,000 people inhabit the small Upstate New York town and 87 percent of those residents are white. You can imagine, then, what happened next.

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

On a scale of Dumb to I Am A Complete Idiot Who Has No Understanding of History, how confused would you say you are, Jesi?

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

Is that so, Gary? Please, tell us more.

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

Because calling someone fat is the same as calling someone a nigger, right?

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

Lol? More like :-(

But wait, there's a good explanation for all of this. Mark Sanders, lifelong black man and community policing aide, wrote the post. So, ya know, no need to get angry about it.

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

This is about awareness. A-W-A-R-E-N-E-S-S .... Or is it?

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

No word yet from Mark.

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

Like the true American Hero she was meant to become, Chenia Hardy embraces her destiny and swoops in to tell it like it is.

Lockport Police Not Sure if "Negro" Is Offensive Word

So it's confirmed: Lockport is a raggedy city. Glad that's settled.

UPDATE: Lockport PD have since deleted the Facebook post. According to WGRZ, however, it seems the post came about after the police department identified Shamir Allen, a 19-year-old shooting suspect, as a "dark negro" in its database. "Apparently, this shows that there's certain aspects of Western New York, where it appears that racism is alive and well, especially within a police department," said Frank Mesiah, who is president of the NAACP Buffalo Branch.

[Image via Lockport PD Facebook]