August 3, 2009, - 12:14 pm

Proof the Beer Summit Failed: Time to Shut Up, Dr. Gates

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

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20 Responses

This publicity monger will not go away. He’s tasted the Al Sharpton drug of choice and loves it.

Too bad the cop had that beer. People everywhere would’ve loved to have heard about a nice refusal by the good sergeant.

Joe on August 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

“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.

What resources do you personally have, Prof? Money from the University provided by the taxpayers? And pro bono Harvard lawyers? I wonder if Odopey and his constituents will contribute to his cause.

How about we give a federal grant to the Cambridge Police Department and Police Sgt. James Crowley to produce their own documentary?

Jarhead on August 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Right on DS! I agree 100%

Hopefully, this incident and Gates behaviour will serve to vaccinate more of the country against listening to the relentless whining of such instigators as Gates, and Obama (Obama, the community organizer turned Senator for 2 years, now President).

BB on August 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

“racial profiling”… another fraudulent “feel good” term made up retain the status of the professional victocrat, and allow blaming of others for their particular groups shortcomings.

SumDum Phool on August 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm

“What resources do you personally have, Prof? Money from the University provided by the taxpayers”?

Just a reminder, Jarhead – Harvard is a private institution.

tele on August 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

This entire incident and Obama’s teachable moment taught the majority of white Americans that no matter what you do when dealing with Blacks, you will always be guilty of racism. I’m 70 and have always tried to treat Blacks and Latinos with respect just as I treat all other Americans. I suppose I shall continue to do so because I hold no hatred for anyone. But, really, what’s the point?

Jim on August 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm


Why don’t you check out Harvard’s funding. They get federal grants.

Jarhead on August 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Sgt. Crowley helps this guy down the stairs while Obama walks ahead. He should have thrown him, far as I’m concerned. Gates and Obama will not let race issues heal, nor do they want to.
It’s about time everyone realized that.

JimS on August 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Sgt. Crowley, after being practically forced to attend that bizarre “Beer Fest”, had the decency to make some magnanimous comments about the whole matter immediately afterwards. It reminded me of the old self-criticism sessions from the communist era Dr. Gates did not seem to feel that he had any obligation to, but simply sought out a way to personally and finacially capitalize on the whole matter. Who is the street hustler in this matter?

    Sorrow01 on August 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Gates stated in the very begining of this racial mess that he wanted to be arrested, went out of his way to be arrested just so he could go on his racist rants.
He’s a brownie hound looking to make a quick buck. He will be the new member of the Sharpton,jackson,Wright kkklan. The next thing he will do is start calling himself a reverand. Sadly you can take the black out of the ghetto, put him at Harvard, and he still reverts back to “YO MAMA”
Cradle of civilization my ass.

wolf2012 on August 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Dr. Gates is a race baiter with tenure. I wonder if he underwent a blood alcohol test when he was arrested? If so, are the results being suppressed. From the photos we have seen, Dr. Gates seemed to be pretty wild-eyed. Sgt Lashley, a black officer, even noted Dr. Gate’s strange behavior at the time. Poor Sgt. Lashley, he is now referred to as an “Uncle Tom” for trying to be an honest man, while Dr. Gates tries to spin his odious tirade into something profitable.

Sorrow01 on August 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

A Black Racist,shut up?!!! They have never shut up their blustering of their lies about Whites and Jews stealing their “culture”,racism and Black “victimhood”,or their fairy tales about Black Utopias in sub-Saharan Africa, and they never will.Now that we know this, what’s to be done to put an end to it?

Phineas on August 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Perhaps there will be a next time, and the neighbor who witnesses a possible black man breaking into Mr. Gates’ home, will hesitate to make that call, since she won’t want to be perceived as a racist. And so the police won’t come, and Mr. Gates will have been beaten to death by some bloodsucking opportunist who couldn’t let a good crisis go to waste.

Jewel on August 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Gates was the racial profiler. Had Sgt. Crowley been black, Gates would have treated him like a brother, not railed at him.

Rosie on August 4, 2009 at 12:09 am

Gates is a Harvard fool and I sure he fits in with the other Harvard Professors.

Jim on August 4, 2009 at 1:49 am

Once a cop takes a call, he must “clear” it. Gates assisted same by letting Crowley into his home and then presenting University ID. Accusations of a racial motivation followed Crowley’s demand to see a Drivers License. Gates was arrested for Disorderly conduct, not Obstruction.

Why go to the wall for Crowley? The 9-1-1 transcript records the witness saying she saw “one hispanic male.” Okay. So why did Crowley quote the witness claiming she saw “two black males.” Intentional falsification of a Police Report/duty statement, founds Obstruction of Justice.

Gates is a knee-jerk race ranter; Crowley is a liar, who is paid to provide honest testimony under oath. They can both go to hell.

Out of the California budget crisis, a fact emerged: cop union extortion has put in their pockets pension benefits of 90% of their highest wage, after 25 years of service. Cops ally with Conservative causes, because that relationship enables blank-check wage taking.

Jay Tomasi on August 4, 2009 at 3:55 am


You need to get your facts straight. Gray Davis, a democrat, passed the legislation that gave police officers and prison guards those outrageous 90% retirements not Conservatives.He got the state LE unions endorsement when he was trying not to be removed from office during the recall.

Unfortunately, we got Arnold who turned out to be a Liberal in Republicans clothing.

Crowley interviewed the 911 caller on the scene so you have no idea whether she told him a different story at the Gates residence.
Your reaching for straws here in attempt to discredit Crowley.

ScottyDog on August 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm


Which federal grants would be used to help Gates?

tele on August 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

What would you do if you were Crowley and Gates told you he was going to get you fired? Crowley acted sensibly and made the disorderly arrest, after a warning for Gates to calm down with the slander, so that the police department could investigate the incident immediately–no cries of a coverup. Crowley probably saved his department millions of dollars in a bogus racial lawsuit from Gates. Taxpayers should thank him. I do.

Skip-to-my-race “Tricycle” Gates wanted Sgt Crowley to lose his job. What the Cops-do-it Beer Summit ’09 tells me is that my president thinks I should be grateful he “saved or created” Sgt Crowley’s job. Sit on it! or to paraphrase Gates, “Yo’ mama!”

FeFe on August 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Some good posts here,
Jim your first post is one that cannot be rebutted–a mouth shutter for sure.
Sorrow01 and Wolf2012–sad but true, that is what seems to be the upshot here.

Obama had the chance as the first black president to advance race relations to a new color blind level–ho how liberating that would have been. Yet, this Gates incident (and many other things, such as Sotomayer et al) show that the victimhood and “you owe me” mentality will continue to set things back for a long long time. How sad, how tragic.

BB on August 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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