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Monday, January 30, 2006
  FOXNews.com - Views News - Tongue Tied - Target Colors, Black Betty Blackballed

You ever read one of those things that make you think your head is just going to explode off your shoulders and kill everyone within a 25 foot radius from the sheer indignation over-pressure wave.

FOXNews.com - Views News - Tongue Tied - Target Colors, Black Betty Blackballed: "Police in Tampa, Fla. are now using colored targets on their shooting ranges because they fear the traditional black silhouettes on a white background might be sending a racist message, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, whose agency switched to 'Smurf Blue' silhouette targets from black ones two years ago, said: 'Nowadays, you can never be too sensitive.'

Companies that make the targets report that the trend, which started in Florida, has spread nationwide. Blue and green targets, as well as full-color images, are less likely to be criticized as racially insensitive, they say."
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