This is excellent… Police are apologizing for describing someone by the apparent ethnic background they seem to be from while they are conducting an investigation of a criminal… Such a thing is insensitive in Sweden:
“Our intentions were good but the result was not successful. We have taken on board a great many good points. Important discussion,” read a tweet on the @YBSödermalm Twitter account late Monday.
The controversy has its roots in a report concerning an elderly lady who was robbed of her handbag in the Frescati area of Stockholm on Sunday evening.
Viktor Adolphson, one of the two police officers behind the Twitter account, posted a description of the subject.
“Attention: bag snatching at Statoil Frescati at 11:10 Male, 20-30 years-old, black t-shirt, black shorts, black hair. ‘Romani appearance’ according to a witness.”
The use of the phrase “Romani appearance” to describe the suspect prompted swift criticism from other Twitter users, a storm which continued to rage on Tuesday.
Former Left Party leader Lars Ohly was among those questioning the witness description.
“Can you explain what I should look for when I’m looking for someone with “Romani appearance”?” Ohly asked.
Hans Calandras, a former director of the European Roma Cultural Centre in Stockholm also reacted to the tweet.
“What does a Roma look like? It’s as stupid as asking how a Swede looks. It is pure prejudice, and I do not understand what criteria they use. How would it look like if they said “looks Jewish?” he said according to the Mitt-i-Södermalm newspaper.
What makes it so funny is that people all generally do have a concept of what a gypsy would look like and it is impossible to appear as a stereotypical gypsy.
It is possible for someone to look Middle Eastern or to look like a typical Swede; it is possible for someone to appear to be a Korean and not a Japanese (if you are familiar enough with the area that you live).
This is political correctness brought to its absurd conclusions.