Friday, July 24, 2009

Stupidly Is As Stupidly Does

On July 16th of this year Henry Lewis Gates Jr. returns from a trip abroad, only to find he has no way to get back into his home that he rents from Harvard. Finding no other option, he dicides to (as President Obama called it infront of a national audience) "jimmy" the front door. A woman, that is a neighbor, sees this and reports an attempted break-in to the Cambridge police.
Sgt. James Crowley was first to respond to the home the renowned black scholar. Gates was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he yelled at Crowley, who is white, accusing him of racial bias. Gates had refused to calm down after Crowley demanded he show him identification to prove he lived in the home. The charge was dropped Tuesday, but Gates has demanded an apology, calling his arrest a case of racial profiling. An apology from an officer that teaches a class on racial diversity on his own dime.
During Great Leader's Thursday night primetime special, he was asked about Gates' (who is a close friend of O) arrest. Messiah responded with "he didn't have all the facts, 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 is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
What was "stupidly" was going beyond saying he didn't have all the facts, and that's just a fact. Crowly claims that he was just doing his job but that Gates continued to rant "that I was doing this because he was a black man in America, that I was a racist." Crowley said that while he was radioing in Gates' name to the dispatcher for record, "I couldn't hear myself say it. He was yelling that loud," Crowley said.
Patrolman Carlos Figueroa, the second officer on the scene, told The Associated Press that when Crowley asked Gates to present identification, the professor shouted, "No, I will not!" Figueroa said Gates called Crowley a racist and shouted, "This is what happens to black men in America!"
With Gates calling for an apology, the Cambridge area police unions voiced their support for Sgt. James Crowley and called for an apology from President Obama for his statement.
From, at an impromptu appearance at the daily White House briefing, Obama said he spoke with Crowley over the phone, and said he wanted to share a beer with Crowley and Gates at the White House."Because this has been ratcheting up and I helped contribute to ratcheting it up, I want to make clear that in my choice of words I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically and I could have calibrated those words differently." Gave the impression? Calling their acts stupidly is an impression???
So there you have it. Even in the face of overwhelming facts, Great Leaders' ENORMOUS EGO will not allow him to do the right thing and apologize.

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