London, Ont., police officer ‘forever remorseful’ for wearing blackface costume 10 years before she became a cop

Anti-racism experts are raising eyebrows after a rookie London police officer whose photograph in blackface surfaced online said she wants to become “an ambassador of change” within the force.

Const. Katrina Aarts, who wrote in a letter of apology that she’s “forever remorseful” for the costume she donned before a 2006 Halloween party — more than a decade before she joined the force — won’t face punishment for her actions, which London police Chief John Pare on Thursday deemed racist and unacceptable.

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  • tom_billesley

    Japanese TV show featuring blackface actor sparks anger

    A Japanese TV programme has sparked accusations of racism and cultural insensitivity after a comedian painted his face to impersonate Eddie Murphy.
    The New Year’s Eve show featured celebrity comic Hamada appearing in a Beverly Hills Cop skit with his face blacked up.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42561815

  • Hard Little Machine

    Public suicide is of course the only remedy.

    • A self lynching is the only way out.

      • Editor

        Yeah. “Forever remorseful” is nowhere near enough.

  • Editor

    Well. I probably should apologize to somali pirates, the apparent standard bearers of modern piracy, for wearing a pirate costume, eye patch and all, (ableist intersectional micro aggression no less) for Halloween in 1964. Oh, and apologies to POM (People Of Metal) for my robot costume in 1965.

    • I bet Justin revokes your citizenship!

    • Clink9

      I feel your shame. My wife was Aunt Jemima at a Halloween party in the eighties.

      • chayisun

        Hell, I was Al Jolson singing MAMMY at our high school talent show with blackface and all…..AND one of the girls was dressed as Black Sambo in the school play about the deep south. Her only line was “LOOK, LOOK, The library is on FIRE!!”

        I feel so guilt now. How insensitive of me. I should have dressed as an Asian and sang Yellow bird.

        • Clink9

          I feel so terrible, we had to read “Black Like Me” in high school.

          I may have to have extra beers this Friday night.

  • shasta

    Looks more like black body than black face – Batshit Crazy Grievance Mongers – Indeed!

  • Slickfoot

    ‘Anti-racism experts’… right there is the real problem.

  • ontario john

    The Toronto Star reminds us that if you are white, you are a racist bastard from the time you are born.

  • Killer Marmot

    Why would the police force investigate what someone did a decade before joining the force unless it involved a lie or omission on their application, such as an undisclosed felony?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    ..there’s that asshole culture of the punishment mentality rearing its ugly head again, folks…unhappy if no-one’s getting the shaft…

  • Maggat

    Good grief, that was eleven years ago. Hell’s bell’s I did a blackface Ink Spot skit in 1955, so bloody what. These PC clowns need to get a grip and STFU.

    • chayisun

      The Ink spots???? For SHAME!!!!! My Wife did a Tina Turner skit at a party and she’s Asian. Looked real good in her mini skirt……

  • tom_billesley

    Is this appropriation of white power?
    Penis whitening treatment takes Thailand by storm
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/penis-whitening-treatment-takes-thailand-by-storm-a3732671.html

    • chayisun

      And I use tooth whitener. I am so racist.