Figures published today by the Ministry of Justice have revealed that the police continue to discriminate against ethnic minority Father Christmases, with Santas of colour almost 12 times more likely to be stopped and searched than their jolly white counterparts.
‘We have more to do to promote racial equality and challenge the stereotype of black Santas being disguised criminals or drunks on their way to a party,’ admitted Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson. ‘However, I make no apologies for our use of seasonal stop and search powers in the fight against commercialisation, and I’d like to reassure all the communities that we serve that this police force remains institutionally festive to its core. Suspicious Santas remain a very real threat and it is our job to protect the public. Only this morning we destroyed an active grotto in a controlled explosion after finding dozens of suspicious packages under a tree.’
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