Barack Obama has yet once again waded into the judicial waters by claiming that a white police sergeant, who has been trained in the sensitivities of racial strife, and in fact trains younger officers on the differences between cultures. Cambridge, Massachusetts Sgt. James Crowley, responded to a burglary call, that two black men were breaking into a home, one with a knapsack.
Upon arriving at the scene, one Henry Louis Gates Jr. who happens to be a friend of Barack Obama, was struggling with a sticking door. Sgt Crowley at first asked Gates for identification to which he refused and then flew into a rage, screaming about racism. This escalated into Gates screaming on his porch which in fact constitutes “disorderly conduct,” which he was arrested for even after his identity was later confirmed.
Sgt. Crowley was hand- picked for his position by a black police commissioner Ronnie Watson. Tuesday charges were dropped by the district attorney’s office, leaving Crowley at the mercy of accusational remarks by Gov. Deval Patrick, and Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, who both happen to be black. As if this wasn’t bad enough President Barack Obama inserted his two cents into the mix from long distance without knowing the circumstances. His formal denouncement reads like this….
"I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "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 is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
To make such a statement, without knowing the facts of the case only serves to show Barack Obama’s racial remarks, and defense of a friend at any cost. The Governor and the Mayor show their lack of knowledge of the law, and the definition of “disorderly conduct.” The action of all three officials shows true racial bias, and only serves to divide our country and not the healing that our President talked about in the campaign.
Would this be a story at all if the police officer were white?..............I think not, in fact Mr. Gates would have probably been cordial to the officer had he been black, so now who is the racist?
Update and commentary:
On Thursday night it was reported that Obama had not apologized for his remarks but instead offered an excuse for Gates’s behavior, by assuming that there were “words exchanged”, even though Obama had not talked to Gates after the incident. President Obama, your comments are racial on their own. Your Presidency has done nothing to bridge racism, but it HAS served to divide the races farther than they have been in the past. Fixing racism doesn’t just mean replacing a white face with a black face, it has everything to do with the respect of one race for another and working to bridge the hurtful past of oppression. In this regard sir you have failed miserably. The police officer you castigated in public without even knowing the details, probably knows more about “race issues” then a privileged black lawyer who was a community organizer from Chicago.