July 23, 2009, - 9:56 am
Stay Out of Local Law Enforcement, Mr. President: “Racist” Cop Also Tried to Save Black Athlete’s Life
By Debbie Schlussel
Is there still racism in America? If you really look for it, you will find it. But in most of America–even its darkest corners–racism is frowned upon . . .unless it is anti-White racism, which tends to get a free pass. (A man who publicly talked about the “typical White person” is now not only President, but our national prognosticator on race.)
Unfortunately, however, many times–far too many times–in today’s America what is not racism is easily, quickly transformed into it by people with an agenda, and a shoulder chip of equal gargantuan size.
An in that vein, I’m getting really tired of hearing about the “blatant racism” of the police officer in question Cambridge trying to do his job, earlier this week. It got worse, last night, at an alleged press conference about Marxist state run Obama health care, when President Barack Hussein Obama basically called a cop a racist.
The cop we’re talking about here is Sgt. James M. Crowley, who arrested overrated academic Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., a Harvard prof (whose work focuses on race, racism, and slavery heritage), after the man became unruly and disorderly–practically goading police into arresting him.
You all know the basics of the story. Gates arrived at his home after a trip. He tried to enter but the door was stuck and thereafter appeared to be breaking in. A neighbor called police, thinking a burglary break-in of some sort was occurring. Crowley responded to the scene.
That’s all we know for sure. The rest is a matter of whose side you are on and whether you are a racism paranoiac and tend to believe police are evil . . . or someone who believes that underpaid Cambridge cops are generally decent working class stiffs trying to do their jobs and were treated like crap by an unduly deified Harvard academic.
Despite the overwhelming mainstream media verbal defecation on the cop–and now the President chiming in with his own version of #2–I tend to vote with the cop.
Gates and his army of “all White cops in America are RACIST!” minions insist that, because the arrest was in the middle of the day and Gates showed his identification and pictures of his family, Officer Crowley must be a racist for arresting him.
Uh, not so fast.
It appears that Gates lorded his Ivy League status and overrated academic credentials over the cop, refusing to cooperate with the investigation or show identification. It appears that, instead, Gates went into a tirade and deserved to be arrested. It appears that instead of an “I am a Black man in racist America” chip on his shoulder, Gates was lugging a “Black man in racist America” boulder on his.
Police say Gates yelled at the officers and initially refused to show his ID. Gates allegedly yelled “this is what happens to a black man in America” and “you don’t know who you’re messing with” before he was arrested, and police said he was uncooperative.
Read the Full Arrest Report, in which the “classy” Gates told Officer Crowley, “Ya, I’ll talk to your mama outside.”
Hmmm, President Obama, I think we know who “acted stupidly,” and it was the Harvard Ph.D., not the cops.
(I bet none of this gets into the documentary about racial profiling in America Gates now says he will produce as a result of the arrest.)
This is what happens when, despite your Harvard credentials, you are trained–and train others–in a culture of shoulder-chips/boulders and “everyone is racist, but I’m important.” That’s Gates’ culture. He is close friends with Whoopi Goldberg and Barack Hussein Obama, both of whom are wealthy and successful beyond their wildest dreams (due in large part to their White consumers and constituents)–and beyond the wildest dreams of most White Americans. . . and both of whom continue to cry racism, anyway (even against–in Obama’s case–his “typical White person” granny).
Both of these people who have come out to defend their friend refuse to acknowledge that he would behave as they have behaved–self-important and rude to “the little people.”
But here’s a newsflash about this alleged “racist White” cop, James M. Crowley:
Nearly 16 years ago, as a Brandeis University police officer, Crowley desperately tried to save the life of Reggie Lewis after the Boston Celtics star collapsed while practicing in the school gym.
“It bothers him terribly that he couldn’t save him,” Crowley’s 74-year-old mother, Verina Crowley, said yesterday, speaking of her son and the famous basketball player.
Crowley was a certified emergency medical technician when he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Lewis, to no avail, after the player’s heart stopped on July 27, 1993. In a Globe interview later that day, Crowley said he rushed to the university‚Äôs Shapiro Gymnasium, confirmed that Lewis had no pulse, and frantically tried to revive him.
“I just kept on going,” he said. “I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t let him die – just don’t die.’” . . .
People who know Crowley were skeptical or outright dismissive of allegations of racism.
I woke up in the middle of the night and heard some airhead anchorette on ABC News Now–the network’s overnight show for insomniacs–blame that on “racism,” too. Yes, that’s what racists want to believe: that this White cop wanted a Black pro athlete to die and so he “didn’t try hard enough to save him” as the ABC anchor-bim alleged.
I feel for this guy, Crowley. He tries to do his job. And he apparently can do no right. He can do no right, despite trying to do his job for only one reason: he is marked by the pale color of his skin.
And now even a President has marked him as dastardly, not because of the content of his character, but because of the color of his skin . . . and the gold of his badge.
Is there still racism in America? Yes. But, sadly, a good deal of it is exercised by those with darker complexions against those with paler pigmentation.
If a guy is a White cop versus a Black Harvard academic, no matter what the Black Ph.D. must be the “victim” of the “typical White blue collar racist,” right? That’s the real racism here.
Here’s a little tutorial for those with jerking knees:
This is NOT an example of racism: the arrest of a self-important man (his importance measured by pieces of paper he received from the Ivies) by police with whom he became angry, indignant, and invoked the dumbest line you can utter to police just trying to do their dangerous job on America’s streets: Do you know who I am?
That’s not too smart, whether you’re a Ph.D from Harvard or a drop out from Hard Knocks. Regardless of your complexion.