Racism: every time we start to heal, somebody starts pickin’ at the scab


Analyses of Gates arrest on Sunday talkshows

Gates’ apologists want us to focus on ‘larger issues’ . . .

The height of spin, spin, spin on full display today.  

Obama on Wednesday:  “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.”

(On Thursday Obama said he was surprised his words attracted a lot of attention by the media. )

Obama on Friday: “I could have calibrated those words differently.” 

Press secretary on Fox News Sunday:  “The President calibrated his words wrong . . . ”   Earlier this week, referring to the media frenzy, Gibbs remarked:   ” I think he (Obama) would regret… if he realized that… how much of an overall distraction and obsession it would be, I think he would probably regret distracting you guys with obsessions.”  (spin city)

At this point the fact remains Prof. Gates treated Sgt. Crowley to an extended tongue lashing, calling him a racist, verbally abusing the officer, refusing to comply with instructions from the officer, disrespecting the authority of law enforcement, invoking the officer’s mother during the tirade.   Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, and indeed, his conduct was disorderly, attracting a small crowd of onlookers, putting the safety of all players at risk.

Gates is obviously the only racist in this media drama.    He is the only one who engaged in race-based verbal violence, behaviors revealing his rage against whites, his blanket bigotry.

Yet those who decry racism ignore his behavior and try to destroy the police officer, an expert in how to avoid racial profiling, an individual supported by Black and Hispanic officers who were on the scene.  

If false charges of racism rule the day, police officers will be increasingly reluctant to enforce the law in urban areas populated primarily by ethnic minorities, rendering those minority citizens less safe.  Therefore, those who race bait are actually working against the best interests of their constituents. 

It is terrible injustice to place police officers in this horrendous Catch 22: damned if they do not enforce the law for fear of false accusations, putting minority citizens at risk; damned if they do enforce the law, putting themselves at risk of false accusations and having their careers destroyed.


Sharpton on MSNBC calls for ‘unity’ saying he hopes the federal government will pass laws to address police abuse of power.   Sharpton calls on Americans to address the ‘broader issue’ of racial discrimination, urging us to ‘move beyond’ the Gates incident.  [The race baiter in chief, one of the agents of division and suspicion, calls for unity.  That is rich.  And by calling for more federal intrusion, he directly indicts police officers across the country.  Notice he urges we not focus on the Gates incident.  Why?  Because he knows Gates was completely out of line.   The last thing Sharpton wants is to have people talking about false accusations of racism and those who intentionally stir up trouble, not to address injustice, but to forward personal agendas.  Those discussions would let the cat out of the bag, revealing Sharpton the career rabble rouser.]

Are Gates and Sharpton reading from the same playbook?   BOSTON (AP) – Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he is ready to move on from his arrest by a white police officer, hoping to use the encounter to improve fairness in the criminal justice system and saying “in the end, this is not about me at all.”  [You sure as hell don’t want the focus do you Mr. Gates?]

Obama invites Sgt. Crowley and Gates to have a beer at the White House.   “If my experience leads to the lessening of the occurrence of racial profiling, then I would find that enormously gratifying,” Gates said on The Root. “Because, in the end, this is not about me at all; it is about the creation of a society in which ‘equal justice before law’ is a lived reality.”   [Your treatment by Sgt. Crowley, Mr. Gates, proves we have come a long way.  You were treated just like any suspect would have been treated, regardless of race.  Your behavior indicts you Mr. Gates.  The only way forward is for you to apologize to Sgt. Crowley.  A real man acknowledges error, seeks forgiveness, and proceeds heroically with a focus on the greater good.  A scoundrel tries to justify himself, even going so far as to paint himself the champion of the oppressed.]

The fact Obama is now backing away from his earlier remarks—when he said the Cambridge police acted “stupidly,” indicating he suspected racial profiling played a role—-this indicates he realizes Gates was largely at fault for provoking conflict for no reason.   Now the spin begins to put the best face on the stupidity of both Gates and Obama.

Bill Bennett agrees Sgt. Crowley acted in an exemplary manner and Gates acted inappropriatedly because of his ego.  Bennett also made an excellent point on CNN that minority crime rates are disproportionately high for reasons having nothing to do with police and their law enforcement methods.   He said this more important issue is being lost in the false accusation of racism underlying Gates’ arrest.   The abusive and bigotted things that were said were said by Gates.  It was class-based arrogance on Gates’ part. 

Paul Begala, known liar and Clinton operative, Obama shill, claims Sgt. Crowley acted outrageously, and we should give Obama a break because “he is only human.”   [You never, ever gave Bush an even break Begala, always calling him subhuman.]   Begala went on to say the fact charges against Gates were dropped proves the arrest was illegal.  Bennett called that assertion nonsense, which of course is true.  Charges are dropped for all kinds of reasons having nothing to do with the quality of the arrest. 

Mark Morial, President of the Urban League, like Sharpton, wanted to highlight ‘larger issues,’ likewise calling for federal laws to be enacted.  He too wanted to shift the focus to racial profiling and continue hammering away at the issue of racism.  [Interesting that the more we learn this incident had nothing to do with racism, other than the racism displayed by Gates, the more Gates’ apologists want to change the subject.]

On Face the Nation, Michael Eric Dyson (apologist for Jeremiah Wright) like Sharpton and Morial, called us to focus on “the larger issue.”  This guy was the first to roundly condemn Crowley two days ago.  Today, he is backing off, urging an “honest conversation about race in America,” and calling for the discussion of “larger issues.”   [Dyson has real gall demanding an “honest” conversation about race, when Dyson is one of the most anti-white voices in the country today.  Honesty is not the goal.  Slamming whitey is the full time focus. The fact he holds a doctorate and says he is a minister of the gospel does nothing to moderate his vitriol.]

My take:  Ask any white person in America about race relations.  My guess is you will hear the majority of people saying they are tired of being accused of racism, that the issue has been beaten to death in unhealthy ways, that while we have made great strides addressing racism, there are people who will never allow us to heal and move forward because it’s to their advantage politically to keep the rancor alive.   You will hear most people saying the government only aggravates racism, fear and suspicion, with programs like affirmative action, noting also the divisions caused by past busing policies.  Most people, including growing numbers of blacks, agree the constant drumbeat accusing people of racism is not helping us heal and reconcile, it is actually causing division and contributing to increases in racial strife.

And when Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder, said we (whites) are “cowards” when it comes to dealing with racism, there is no doubt left in my mind, we could make progress learning to live with mutual respect, if people like Obama, Gates and Holder would stop being part of the problem, and agree to endorse civility in the effort to be part of the solution.

Statesmen, like Dr. King, lead people to higher ground.  Mere politicians are consumed with powerplays. So far, Sharpton, Obama, Gates and Holder have shown they are more interested in powerplays.  

I hope I’m wrong and they turn out to be statesmen.







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