August 3, 2009, - 12:14 pm
For most Americans, the alleged “racial profiling” incident involving Harvard prof Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley has been exposed as not a racial profiling incident at all. Even a President, without delivering an apology, has backtracked from his original “acted stupidly” profiling comments.
And, more importantly, for most Americans, this story is so over. But not for Gates. He just doesn’t know when to shut up (which should have been when the police arrived at his Cambridge home).
Gates is continuing with his race-baiting diatribe–more proof that President Barack Obama’s beer summit was as successful as Middle East “peace” summits. As in, not very and not at all.
Gates continued his victim-playing over the weekend:
Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Sunday joked about his arrest by a white police officer, but also described receiving death threats and dreaming about being arrested at the White House.
In his first public appearance since sharing a beer at the White House on Thursday with the officer and President Barack Obama, Gates said the national debate over racial profiling sparked by his arrest shows that issues of class and race still run “profoundly deep” in the United States.
“They have not been resolved at all,” he said, speaking to a crowd of more than 150 who came to see him at the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival.
Gates was mostly light-hearted during his speech and even poked fun at himself after a man in the crowd told him he admired his sense of humor.
“I should have been funnier in the kitchen of my house on July 16,” he said.
But Gates also described how the incident and the subsequent national debate affected him personally. He said he had to shut down his public e-mail and change his cell phone number after receiving numerous death and bomb threats, including one that read, “You should die; you’re a racist.” . . .
He said he wants to produce a documentary from both the perspective of police and people who have been victims of racial profiling so “Americans can understand that you can have two equally valid perceptions of the same event.”
“Racial profiling is a huge problem in this country and a serious problem, and I intend to devote my resources to fighting it,” he said.
Gates called what happened to him “small potatoes,” and said he is more concerned about people who don’t have Harvard lawyers to represent them.
And what about people who do have Harvard lawyers, don’t cooperate with police, and essentially tell them, “Yo’ Mama”?
It’s not “racial profiling” when an officer responds to a call of a neighbor about two men breaking in. It is racism when you malign a White police officer for doing his job in response to your insolence.
Tags: Barack Obama, Beer Summit, Cambridge Police, Henry Louis Gates, James Crowley, Racial Profiling, Reverse Racism, Skip Gate