Crowley-Gates Incident: Maybe Obama Should Teach Himself

It’s not easy dealing with an infant suffering from Reactive Airway Disease. I’ve spent the last three days taking care of my seven-month-old son. But, I’m back to make a small contribution here.

The arrest of professor Louis Henry Gates has been all over the news recently. Everyone knows the story and everyone knows how Obama reacted during a nationally televised press conference designed to push socialized medicine.

But Obama also refers to this as a “teachable moment.” Yes, the president who promised us a “post-racial” America and made a major gaffe in criticizing the Cambridge police before he even knew all the facts, wants to teach us something.

Well, I’ve learned that Obama is nothing even resembling “post-racial” and perhaps he needs to teach that to himself.

Pat Buchanan writing for Town Hall has this:

Sunday, professor Louis Henry Gates retreated from his threat to sue Sgt. James Crowley. Friday, President Obama retreated from his charge that the Cambridge cops “acted stupidly.”

As Crowley has not budged an inch — his arrest of Gates was correct, and there will be no apology — there is no doubt who won this face-off. Game, set, match, Crowley and the Cambridge cops.

Gates and Obama can try to spin this all they want, but it is clear that they were trying to use this incident to somehow stick it to “whitey.” What we are really seeing here is how well Obama listened during the twenty years he sat in the pews and listened to the racist and anti-American sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Here is what happened:

Answering a 911 call about a break-in in progress, Crowley encountered the professor inside the house. According to Crowley’s report, his request for Gates’ I.D. was initially rebuffed, and he was accused of hassling Gates because he was black. The professor made a slurring reference to Crowley’s “mama.”

The professor then raised such a ruckus Crowley arrested and cuffed him.

Once in the street, Gates bellowed, “This is what happens to a black man in America.” Gates then called Crowley a “rogue cop.”

Gov. Deval Patrick declared Gates’ arrest “every black man’s nightmare.” Obama said the Cambridge cops had “acted stupidly” and went on to elaborate, on nationwide TV, on the sad history of racial profiling of blacks and Hispanics by police.

Thus the two most powerful black elected officials in the U.S., with no hard knowledge of what happened, came down on the side of a black professor, their buddy, against a white cop and his department, implying racial motivation in the arrest of Gates.

Teachable moment? Yes. We need to teach that the reactions of Gates, Obama and Deval Patrick were the wrong reactions to have.

Here is some eveidence that you will not hear Obama, Patrick or Gates ever mention (lest they make fools of themselves):

Crowley’s partner in the arrest was a black officer who said he stands “100 percent” behind Crowley and that Gates acted “strange.”

Sixteen years ago, Crowley gave CPR to an unconscious Boston Celtics star, Reggie Lewis, in an attempt to save his life. The memory of his failure caused Crowley to break down in tears and haunts him to this day.

Crowley was selected by a black police lieutenant to teach fellow officers about racial profiling. He has been doing this for five years.

And watching TV coverage for a week, this writer has yet to hear one cop anywhere condemn Crowley’s handling of the incident.

Teachable moment? Yes. We need to teach that minorities screaming “racism” when no racism is present devalues the word and makes it easier to ignore true instances of racism.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Sgt. Crowley, A Cop In Full
Pat Buchanan
TownHall.com
July 28, 2009

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