The white policeman arguing that he is black for promotion
Miami police Capt. Javier Ortiz, who previously identified himself as Hispanic, “changed his shoes” during a meeting of city commissioners on Friday. In response to a complaint from a colleague, Ortiz referred to the “One-Drop Rule” and proclaimed himself black.
NBC News reports that the complaint came from Sgt. Stanley Jean-Poix. It indicates that earlier Ortiz said that the police have a bias against white-skinned people, so for the sake of promotion, he indicated skin color as black on exams.
“If you know anything about the One-Drop Rule, which started in the 20th century, which is what identifies and defines what a black male is or a Negro, you would know that if you have one drop of black in you, you are considered black,” Ortiz said.
After such a contradictory statement, a heavy criticism fell on Ortiz and not without reason. Rubin Roberts, chairman of the NAACP told The Miami Herald that Ortiz should be fired.
“It’s disrespectful and culturally insensitive,” Roberts said. “It doesn’t matter if it helped him or not. I think he needs to be reprimanded or be removed from the force because of his lack of truthfulness.”
Besides the recent high-profile statement, Capt. Javier Ortiz was implicated in a number of other abuses, including allegations of harassment and stalking of a woman and possible forgery of office documents, in which he indicated that he worked 27 hours daily for a week, Local10 reported.
In light of recent events, Ortiz also recalled his boycott of concerts of popular singer Beyonce Knowles, because she was “anti police”.