Obama finally showed his true stripes re racism. He along with the Governor of Mass., from a distance of several miles and hundreds of miles, applied their messianic powers to the Gates/Crowley incident and divined the exact circumstances as they happen on the Harvard complex. The Governor is black.
They concluded Sgt. Crowley of the Cambridge Police Dept. was race baiting and applying racial profiling in his conduct toward Gates. Obama at a press conference, tightly controlled and directed at his healthcare debacle, instructed he be asked a question about the incident. He then proceeded to espouse the notion the incident is a reminder that racial profiling is prolific as it oppresses minorities and proves racism "still haunts us."
He continued on to denigrate the entire police department of Cambridge, Mass as acting "stupidly."
How can one possibly respect the highest ranking police officer in the land when he cavalierly casts a pejorative net over an entire police force which is lead by a Commissioner who is black and an officer who has an exemplary record of fostering racial understanding. Sgt. Crowley teaches courses to other officers as to the evils of racial profiling and how to avoid such methods.
As mentioned, the Police Commissioner of Cambridge is black. He and all officers, male and female, black and Hispanic defend and stand behind Crowley's actions in the instant cause celeb as well as his total record of many years on the force. Obama in an impromptu press announcement informed us he had spoken to Sgt. Crowley, but he failed to apologize, as common decency requires that he do.
There were several witnesses to the incident and my money is on the account in the official police report. If Obama can make assumptions, then I will also. I hope the press will factually report the happenings in the coming days. Fair to say if the Prof. had been white or the cop had been black, we never would have heard of this episode. The fact we did and the President of the United States intervened speaks to his position that a black man can make no mistakes and if so a white man cannot censure him. This is blatant, blatant no frills racism on its face!