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Obama’s almost-apology re Gatesgate

President Barack Obama pauses as he talks to the media in the ...

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President Barack Obama gives a half-assed apology today for having stoked the flames of interracial strife with stupid comments that he made at the end of a press conference on Wednesday.

I was happy to watch the video in which President Barack Obama admitted today that by inserting himself into Gatesgate — I refer, of course, to the black Harvard professor who cried “racism” when a white police officer responded to a call that the professor’s house in Cambridge, Mass., was being burglarized — he only inflamed, rather than illuminated, the controversial situation.

However, Obama not only did not apologize for his largest error, but he didn’t even mention it. And his biggest error is that he sided with black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s account without being able to know whose account of the incident is the most accurate: Gates’ or white Sgt. James Crowley’s.

Obama’s biggest error when he shot his mouth off on Wednesday was not that he didn’t “calibrate” his words correctly, and nor was it his biggest error (as he today seemed to have suggested, probably incorrectly, that his critics have alleged) that as president he shouldn’t have chimed in on Gatesgate. (Obama correctly stated today that racism is a national issue, not a local issue.)

Again, Obama’s biggest error is that he spoke out of his ass, and George W. Bush notwithstanding, the president of the United States should not speak out of his or her ass.

The more information that comes to light about Gatesgate, the more it looks like Gates cried wolf and that his deck of race cards needs to be confiscated from him (but probably not by a white person).

This, for instance, from The Associated Press today:

Cambridge, Mass. – A black police officer who was at Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s home when the black Harvard scholar was arrested says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation.

Sgt. Leon Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates’ reaction to Crowley was “a little bit stranger than it should have been.”

Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said supported Crowley “100 percent.”

Gates has said he was the victim of racial profiling.

President Barack Obama says the officers “acted stupidly.” Lashley called Obama’s remark “unfortunate” and said he should be allowed to take it back.

Lashley is pictured in the foreground of this now-famous news photo (taken by Gates’ neighbor) of Gates’ arrest:

In this photo taken by a neighbor Thursday July 16, 2009, Henry ...

Associated Press photo

A picture says a thousand words; the handcuffed Gates appears to be out of control and Lashley doesn’t appear to be concerned that this is an episode of police brutality being perpetrated against a member of his own race.

Of course, the race-baiters out there like Gates and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson probably regard Lashley as just an Uncle Tom; those who so rabidly want to see racism where it doesn’t exist cannot be persuaded otherwise.

All of this said, I want to make it clear that I agree with Obama’s statement in his half-assed apology of today that blacks historically have had reason to fear mistreatment by white male cops and that therefore such fear at least to some extent is understandable.

However, we have to take each allegation of racism in the present on a case-by-case basis; historical precedent cannot be used as a determinant as to whether a present-day allegation of racism is valid or not.

And finally, yes, let me be the first to state that racism is alive and well in the United States of America — although, it seems to me, its incidence is largely based upon geographic location. I can see white male cops in the South being institutionally racist more than I can see white male cops in Cambridge, Mass., being institutionally racist, for example. 

If you’re one of those fucktards who thinks that racism doesn’t exist in the United States anymore, take a look at this Associated Press news video of a clash between white supremacist assholes (that’s redundant) and black Americans in Paris, Texas that happened just this past Tuesday.

In the video, white supremacist dipshits (again, redundant), among other things (such as to give the Nazi salute and to display the Nazi and Confederate flags), tell black Americans to “go back to Africa.”

Uh, one, all of us human beings came from Africa, and two, it’s not like Africans came to America voluntarily, on holiday on cruise ships, is it?

White supremacists, who appear to be lacking or perhaps possessing extra chromosomes, make me embarrassed to be a white male, and I apologize to all black Americans that such white retards still exist. (And I thank Goddess that at least I’m gay…)

Oh, well; although Obama fucked this one up, at least he got the nation talking about race issues, which needs to be an ongoing national dialog.

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