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Open the Gates!!
July 29, 2009 - John Stack
I have been out of the country recently (
How about this scenario: What if Officer Crowley (and his HISPANIC partner) just left after someone else refused to be cooperative, refused to identify himself, and claimed it was their house? What if these were real criminals breaking into Gates’ house? What would ANY community (Black, White, Irish, Indian) think 3 days later when the real family was found bound and gagged and beaten in the house? Would Gates be there to support the officers? Would he be saying that officers should let all black men be belligerent and non-cooperative if they say its their house? No. Gates wouldn’t be looking for a medal for these guys. He’d be screaming for their heads. In reality, scholars, students and staff at Harvard should be calling for Professor Gates head.
Now, I gotta call a spade a spade here. If the local police saw me jimmying my own door, and came by and asked what was going on, I would be relieved to know that the police were there and doing their job, and would cooperate fully. I guess I could ask if they were stopping me because I was Irish. Or german. Or Irish German. Or if its because I’m a state worker. Or if it was because I wasn’t a natural born Adirondacker (yes, I grew up 2 miles outside the blue line). But then, the only satisfaction I would get would be to see how well the cuffs were secured to the jail cell that evening.
But back to Obama. Yes, there are still race problems in
As if all this wasn’t enough. The media has been prattling on how this infuriated conservatives and police unions. Well, if Obama wishes someone happy birthday, it infuriates the conservatives, but the police unions were truly and rightfully enraged. But, guess who else was enraged, or should have been enraged? EVERONE else!Why would the press and media somehow not be upset by this? This takes a big sheen off Obama’s big tent race relations agenda. It calls into question (again) his choice in black leaders. Moderates should have been P-O’d. Democrats. Liberals. This is a topic that both Obama’s supporters and detractors can both come to a consensus that this was, to quote Barry, ‘Stupid’
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