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Pearls With Corduroy? Are You Mad?

Posted by V the K at 4:03 pm - February 20, 2017.
Filed under: Legal Issues

A gay dude is suing the St. Louis police department, claiming he was told to dial down the gay.

“The command staff has a problem with your sexuality. If you ever want to see a white shirt (i.e. get a promotion), you should tone down your gayness.”

His supervisor, who is named in the lawsuit, denies telling him any such thing.

Patriot Pal Peter H., who tipped this story, offers the following commentary.

I’ve got mixed feelings on this. Here’s a cop who scored very well on two consecutive promotions tests – coming in 3rd out of 26 both times – so logically, he should be considered for promotion.

Having lived and worked here in Houston – and in the city government in the 1990s – I can’t tell you how many cops who were minorities were promoted over white male cops who had been with the department for dozens of years and had scored higher than they did on the aptitude tests.

Ten years ago, one minority sergeant in particular was elevated to the post of assistant chief, bypassing a bunch of other more qualified cops simply based upon his ethnicity. (That was under former mayor Annise Parker.)

Should he be promoted? I’d have to see his personnel file. Did he ever make his orientation an issue? I don’t know. Is he Rock Hudson or Paul Lynde?  (or Roger Smith – V) From the pic, I’m guessing he’s more on the butch side.

Nevertheless, unless he can provide proof that his superior officer actually said this to him – and the officer has denied it wholeheartedly – I’d say this case is without merit.

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12 Comments

  1. I’ll just leave this here…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3h6es6zh1c

    Comment by Craig Smith — February 20, 2017 @ 5:10 pm - February 20, 2017

  2. Craig, that is a classic.

    Comment by tnnsne1 — February 20, 2017 @ 5:33 pm - February 20, 2017

  3. I have a friend who who worked for the Sheriff’s Department in a rural area of Northern California. He was very by-the-book and did his job well (he almost lost his life while in pursuit and should have died in an incident over ten years ago), and they f*cked with him. He is straight. If they don’t like you (for whatever reason), watch out. They will f*ck you over and keep you down. He’s no longer a cop.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — February 20, 2017 @ 7:24 pm - February 20, 2017

  4. *Sorry, deputy, not cop.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — February 20, 2017 @ 7:52 pm - February 20, 2017

  5. He should butch it up on the job, and he can then be nelly off duty. Perhaps camp it up at a bar or be a drag queen.

    Comment by davinci38 — February 20, 2017 @ 8:33 pm - February 20, 2017

  6. @3 if people like you didn’t destroy the civil service merit system they could f*ck with you all they want but they couldn’t keep from promoting you.

    Comment by salg — February 20, 2017 @ 9:38 pm - February 20, 2017

  7. @3 if people like you didn’t destroy the civil service merit system they could f*ck with you all they want but they couldn’t keep from promoting you.

    During his tenure, the troubles my buddy had also included getting passed over for promotion on two different occasions.

    But, you’re right, it was my fault for destroying the civil service merit system. I also am responsible for destroying all civility in society and you can blame me for all rapes, murders, and wars, even the ones that happened before I was born.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — February 20, 2017 @ 9:46 pm - February 20, 2017

  8. @7 it was people of your political persuasion that used affirmative action to destroy the civil service merit system because it was “good for the blacks.” once upon a time you couldn’t be passed over for promotion without a legitimate reason because of the protection of the civil service merit system. but the civil rights division of the justice dept starting in the jimmy carter period dismantled the protections. now we have invalid exams whose purpose is not to pick the best person for the job but to apportion jobs in some kind of political acceptable way, gays, blacks, women, men whatever. we have judges constantly throwing out exam results, lowering the standards, promoting people that actually flunked exams, if the results don’t meet the quota. the result has been a constantly lowering of performance in most all government jobs. so if you want to blame someone for you friends problems look in the mirror if was you and you liberal cohorts that did it. if we had the civil service merit system that we had before your political cohorts took an axe to it your friend couldn’t have been passed over once without a just cause never mind twice.

    Comment by salg — February 20, 2017 @ 11:38 pm - February 20, 2017

  9. @7 it was people of your political persuasion that used affirmative action to destroy the civil service merit system because it was “good for the blacks.” once upon a time you couldn’t be passed over for promotion without a legitimate reason because of the protection of the civil service merit system. but the civil rights division of the justice dept starting in the jimmy carter period dismantled the protections. now we have invalid exams whose purpose is not to pick the best person for the job but to apportion jobs in some kind of political acceptable way, gays, blacks, women, men whatever. we have judges constantly throwing out exam results, lowering the standards, promoting people that actually flunked exams, if the results don’t meet the quota. the result has been a constantly lowering of performance in most all government jobs. so if you want to blame someone for you friends problems look in the mirror if was you and you liberal cohorts that did it. if we had the civil service merit system that we had before your political cohorts took an axe to it your friend couldn’t have been passed over once without a just cause never mind twice.

    No need to double-down, Salg.

    My friend who I referred to earlier was white (I already mentioned he was straight). And he worked in a department populated by whites.

    But, yes, you have COMPLETELY annihilated what I had to share with your point. POOF! My comment carries with it absolutely zero merit. Why? Well, it’s because of my nefarious undermining of American meritocracy over the decades. And there’s absolutely ZERO chance that county institutions can be corrupted institutions even outside of the realm of racism (or homophobia), because, well, people in power can sometimes just be @ssholes and abuse their position, especially when they’re protected from repercussions.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — February 20, 2017 @ 11:56 pm - February 20, 2017

  10. people in power can sometimes just be @ssholes and abuse their position, especially when they’re protected from repercussions.

    Which pretty much includes anyone whose last name is Clinton.

    *Drops mic*

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 21, 2017 @ 10:03 am - February 21, 2017

  11. Hmmm I can’t imagine this guy sashaying to and from his cruiser, or anything over the top. Something tells me it’s either a promote the non-whites to show everyone they are not rayciss, or he did something to tick off the chief. However a boss should never say such a thing to anyone unless they’re over the top and causing a uncomfortable work environment, which he doesn’t seem like he would be. I could be completely wrong though.

    Comment by Sigma256 — February 24, 2017 @ 12:44 pm - February 24, 2017

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