With just one small statement, Barack Obama has helped turn a belligerent Harvard Professor getting arrested for disorderly conduct into a race baiter case. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen black politicians jump to the occasion when two or more people of a different color have conflicts. One of the most notable is Al Sharpton but his stage has never been as big as Obama’s.
If you’ve read the police report you know the Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is in the wrong. From the start of the altercation, Gates was argumentative and hostile toward Officer James Crowley. He used phrases like, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” and “Ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside.” He claimed the officer was racist without any indication of being so, much like Al Sharpton has made a career of doing. And the ironic thing is, Gates is the one who comes off as racist. Do you think he would have acted that way if a black officer responded to the scene?
To really know the entire situation we need to look at each individual involved. I’ll start with Gates. Professor Gates is the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He’s authored or otherwise been a part of the following: Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the “Racial” Self, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism, Our Nig, or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, The Future of the Race, Colored People, Thirteen Ways of Looking at A Black Man, Loose Cannons: Notes on the Culture Wars, among others. Gates served as Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard along with serving on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Obviously racism is on this guy’s mind.
Officer James Crowley is a veteran police officer respected by his peers, both black and white. Crowley was chosen by black former commissioner, Thomas Flemming, to teach a racial profiling class. Crowley has taught the class for five years focusing on not singling people out because of their ethnic background or culture. Back in 1993, Crowley performed CPR on former Celtics player Reggie Lewis at Brandeis University. If you don’t know, Reggie Lewis was black.
What really irks me though is Obama’s involvement in this situation. The president should have no opinion at this point. This is a very local situation turned national because Obama couldn’t resist the urge to jump on the first racial situation he could. And by the way, Professor Gates gave $4,600 to Obama’s presidential campaign. I wonder if that had anything to do with it? Or was it the Harvard ties? Or was it just because Gates and Obama are black? Or maybe it was because of a combination of the three. Either way, it definitely wasn’t based on facts or logic, just racial bias by a Harvard professor and the President of the United States.
Way to go AlObama!
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