Hey, A White Cop was Accused of Racism by a Black Guy -- So What Else Is New?
By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards July 25, 2009
Breaking news!! -- a white cop has been accused of racism by an angry black guy.......yawn...pass the peas and corn please.
Wait, this episode is different. Effete elitist snob, Harvard African American Studies professor [i.e. professor of victimology], the highly esteemed
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates (and Obama pal) has accused Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley of racism after being arrested at his home for disorderly conduct.
By now the details are familiar but we at Neville will recount...Prof Gates was returning from a very important trip to China where he was researching the genealogy of acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Neville's note: What in the world is so important about Ma's genealogy other than to investigate how an Asian could possibly be a great cellist? How about investigating the genealogy of Pablo Casals or Pierre Fournier.
Both men were just as skilled, both men released outstanding recordings of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Could it be that, in the race-obsessed world of the liberal race baitor, the genealogy of the non-white is more important than that of the white guy?
And more importantly, how could an Asian be so in tune with the music of dead white composers that he releases, not one, but two sets of the Bach Suites. In normal land, nobody cares...we just listen to the music. In lib-land this is an issue and an obsession.
Apparently Gates forgot his house key when he went abroad so he decided to break into his house. Seeing two men breaking into the house a neighbor called 911. The Cambridge Police showed up and, somehow, racism ensued.
Pulling the don't you know who I am routine (did anyone outside lib academia know or care who this guy was until this week?) Gates started mouthing off to Sgt. Crowley.
When Sgt. Crowley asked Gates to step out onto the porch to continue the discussion, the Gate's reply was "I'll speak with your mama outside" and "This is what happens to black men in America." He also called Sgt. Crowley a rogue cop and he should beg for forgiveness.
Classy huh. And how original in thought. All right out of the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton playbook.
Gates was handcuffed, arrested and later released, the charges dropped.
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Prof Gates has probably been waiting all his life to get this kind of street cred...he'll be dining out on this incident of oppression by "the man" with the Ivory Tower set for the rest of his career. He's a hero, a legend in his own mind. He'll probably get a raise, disability pay and another couple of honorary degrees (he claims 50 already).
So just who is our esteemed African American Studies Professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates? Check out this little rant from 1996:
And this from an interview with Brian Lamb:
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
GATES: My mother hated white people.
LAMB: All her life?
GATES: Probably. I didn't know until -- in 1959 we were watching Mike Wallace's documentary called "The Hate that Hate Produced." It was about the Nation of Islam and I couldn't believe -- I mean, Malcolm X was talking about the white man was the devil and standing up in white people's faces and telling them off. It was great. I mean, it's what black people did behind closed doors, but they would never do it in -- I mean, they were too vulnerable to do it, say, where they worked, at the paper mill or downtown, as we would call it. And here was a guy who had the nerve to do that, and I think if I had been a character in a cartoon, my eyes would have gone Doing! -- like this. I couldn't believe it. As I sat cowering in a corner of our living room, I glanced over at Mama and her face was radiant. I mean, this smile -- beatific smile started to transform her face. And she said quite quietly, "Amen." And then she said, "All right now," and she sat up and she said, "Yes."
And she loved Malcolm X and she loved what the Muslims were doing. And I couldn't believe it. It was like -- as I write, it was like watching the Wicked Witch of the West emerge out of the transforming features of Dorothy. This person I had thought of as this pioneer of the civil rights movement really had a hard time with white people. And the more I got to know her -- and, you know, these weren't easy anecdotes for her to repeat, but the older I got, she became more willing to share painful experiences of white racism -- the way that she was treated when she was a girl and a servant in the house of wealthy white people just a block down the hill from where we lived. My brother and I eventually went back and bought that house for her, and that's how we found out that she had been so horribly treated by these people. She never trusted white people. She didn't like white people. She didn't want to live with white people.
Waddaya know...another associate of Obama who hates white people. Jeremiah Wright Part Deux. Harvard should be real proud of this guy.
The racial brouhaha probably would have remained a local Boston story if columnist Lynn Sweet had not given our Fraudinator-in-Chief a lifeline at his healthcare presser. In an attempt to deflect the fact that the Obamacare is tanking in the polls
Sweet asked Obama to comment on Gates-gate and it didn't take long for Obama to get in touch with his inner kneejerk Saul Alinksy and blame whitey:
"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact.
So Obama wasn't there but the cops are stupid and Gates is a victim of racial profiling.
Well, the "fit has hit the shan". The cops and the police unions are angry, demanding an apology from Gates and Obama. Sgt. Crowley, to his credit, said he will not apologize, and both parties are threatening legal action...Gates for violation of his civil rights and Crowley for defamation.
Meanwhile Obama, realizing he stepped in it, told ABC on he was "surprised" his comments had caused such a furore. He also
invited the aggrieved parties over to the White House for a beer and a chat. Obama may realize that playing the race card and crying racism may not work any more.
Someone please memo the good professor and the president: the Mayor of Cambridge, Mass. is black, the governor of Mass. is black and, oh yeah, the President of the United States is BLACK.
So Obama tried to diffuse the situation by mumbling something about maligning the Cambridge Police Department and "calibrating those words differently" and "to the extent that my choice of words didn't illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate."
This from Shelby Steele writing in the Wall St. Journal
From Emmitt Till to Skip Gates--Black victim, white oppressor. It’s a narrative we know well.
by Shelby Steele
JULY 31, 2009
Where race is concerned, I sometimes think of the president as the Peter Sellers character in “Dr. Strangelove.” Sellers plays a closet Nazi whose left arm—quite involuntarily—keeps springing up into the Heil Hitler salute. We see him in his wheelchair, his right arm—the good and decent arm—struggling to keep the Nazi arm down so that no one will know the truth of his inner life. These wrestling matches between the good and bad arms were hysterically funny.
When I saw Mr. Obama—with every escape route available to him—wade right into the Gates affair at the end of his health-care news conference, I knew that his demon arm had momentarily won out over his good arm. It broke completely free—into full salute—in the “acted stupidly” comment that he made in reference to the Cambridge police’s handling of the matter. Here was the implication that whites were such clumsy and incorrigible racists that even the most highly achieved blacks lived in constant peril of racial humiliation. This was a cultural narrative, a politics, and in the end it was a bigotry. It let white Americans see a president who doubted them.
Mr. Obama’s “post-racialism” was a promise to operate outside of tired cultural narratives. But he has a demon arm of reflexive racialism—identity politics, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and now Skip Gates. You can only put a demon like this to death by finding out what you really believe. We should hold Mr. Obama to his post-racialism, and he should get to know himself well enough to tell us what he really means by it. As for the odd triad of Messrs. Gates, Crowley and Obama, only Mr. Crowley seems to have functioned outside his cultural narrative.
Mr. Steele, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is the author, most recently, of “A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win” (Free Press, 2007).
Obama stopped short of an apology...but being a liberal means never having to say you are sorry.
Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of the victimology hustle. Sgt. Crowley should decline the White House invite and stand his ground. So should the Cambridge Police Department.
The race baitors and shakedown thugs that have been "gettin' paid" for forty years will crumble like a house of cards when challenged. The bar for crying racism has been set too low for too long.
In light of the way Republican Senators were, in Maureen Dowd's disgraceful NY Times article White Man's Last Stand, maligned as racists for daring to actually question Judge Sotomayor on a lifetime of questionable comments and decisions, and the way Sen. Barabara Boxer was finally exposed as the condescending, patronizing racist that she actually is in her treatment of Black Chamber of Commerce President Henry Alford, it's long past time to turn the table on the race-obsessed Democrats and call them and their policies what they are...racist.
Sen. Boxer's (and Democrats in general) Plantation Mentality on Display in Congress