Yet More Controversial Police Footage Unveiled…
But this short film, made in 1961, was “produced with the cooperation of the Inglewood Police Department and the Inglewood Unified School District.” (italics mine) And, well, its been circling the internet for some time, but whats old is new… and all that.
Called “Boys Beware”, it warns young men to beware of pedophiles. Certainly a worthy message for a PSA, except it goes one step further by explaining what to look out for:
VO: One never knows when a homosexual is about. He may appear normal and it may be too late when you discover he is mentally ill.
The film uses the story of Jimmy, a young kid who often hitches rides around town, to illustrate its point, as it shows him become friendly with a man who offers him a ride…
VO: What Jimmy didn’t know was that Ralph was sick; a sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious; a sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual: a person who demands an intimate relationship with members of their own sex.
Oh, how the times have changed. And by that, in the film it shows an Inglewood populated entirely by Caucasians.
(h/t The Wisdom Cube)