Mr. President, please stick to the teleprompter.
Sgt. James Crowley was doing his job and and the President of the United States told him he acted "stupidly." Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black. Keepin' it classy, Obama. Keeping it's classy.
In fact, the only people who acted stupidly were Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the president himself. Gates is a black professor at Harvard University where he is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. From what I read in snippets of the police report, he does not sound like a man who has achieved multiple acclamations and awards. Rather, he sounds like an ill-mannered, arrogant race-biter who's looking to make some money (he's apparently already planning a documentary on racial profiling).
When I Googled Mr. Gates to find out some more about him, I found that the July 16 incident had already been added to the Wikipedia entry on him. I was disappointed to discover that the entry is rather slanted and even distorts and leaves out parts of the story in order to present Gates in a more favorable way. Now, I understand that Wikipedia articles can be written and edited by anyone, but the article is currently disabled for editing due to alleged vandalism until July 24. The section on the "racist" incident also has a notification above it which states it may change rapidly because it is a current event.
The Wikipedia article makes no mention of the fact that Sgt. Crowley has been teaching a class on racial profiling alongside a black police officer at the Lowell Police Academy for five years. Nor does it mention that Crowley was hand-picked to teach the class by the former police commissioner Ronny Watson, who is black.
Crowley was doing his job. He was responding to a call for a possible breaking and entering. Obviously the first step would be to require ID from the person in the house in order to make sure Gates was who he said he was. If Gates had simply done what a normal person would do and shown his ID and told Crowley "thank you," none of this would have happened. Instead, Gates had a fit and was rightly arrested for disorderly conduct.
I hope Crowley does not back down and apologize, and I think it's a shame that the charges were dropped against Gates. So much for justice being blind and the law applying to every citizen.
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