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Obama’s almost-apology re Gatesgate

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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 ...

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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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Next to ‘I love you,’ ‘I don’t know’ is the best three-word sentence of all

OK, so I probably have been guilty of this myself to some degree, but there is an epidemic in the nation of individuals asserting statements of truth even after they have acknowledged that they don’t know all of the facts.

There is this from The Associated Press today:

NATICK, Mass. – A white police sergeant who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said [today] he’s disappointed President Barack Obama said officers acted “stupidly,” despite acknowledging he didn’t know all the facts.

Sgt. James Crowley responded to Gates’ home near Harvard University last week to investigate a report of a burglary and demanded Gates show him identification. Police say Gates at first refused and accused the officer of racism.

Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped Tuesday, and Gates has since demanded an apology from Crowley.

Obama was asked about the arrest of Gates, who is his friend, at the end of a nationally televised news conference on health care [last] night.

“I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry,” Obama said. “Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.”

In radio interviews [this] morning, Crowley maintained he had done nothing wrong in arresting Gates.

“I support the president of the United States 110 percent. I think he was way off base wading into a local issue without knowing all the facts as he himself stated before he made that comment,” Crowley told WBZ-AM….

I don’t watch corporately owned and operated television, since it’s mostly just corporate brainwashing, but I happened to catch the end of Obama’s press conference at a friend’s house last night, and I was flabbergasted that Obama indeed first admitted that he didn’t know what happened between Gates and Crowley but then proceeded to assert that Gates indeed had produced his identification to Crowley as Crowley had asked him to do.

Fact is, this is a he-said, he-said situation. Gates says he produced identification when he was asked for it. The cops say that Gates refused to produce identification. While I tend to suspect that Gates indeed refused to show ID, at least initially, because he wanted to make the whole thing into a “racist” incident, I wasn’t there, so I can’t say for sure what happened; I can’t say who is telling the truth and who apparently is prevaricating.

When asked about Gatesgate last night, Obama should have simply stated that he wasn’t there, so he can’t take sides. That he took a side, Gates’ side, was irresponsible. It was piss-poor leadership on Obama’s part and only could serve to further stoke the flames of interracial hatred, the flames that Gates and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and their ilk seem to want to stoke.

Remaining neutral in the Gates case wouldn’t have been pussy of Obama — it would have been wise, given his admitted lack of knowledge of the facts.

And then there is Rachel Maddow. I love Rachel. She perhaps is my favorite lesbian on the planet.

But I was astounded to hear Maddow, in a clip that I recently watched on the Internet, state that of course every statement that Bowe Bergdahl, the 23-year-old American soldier being held captive by the Taliban, made in the half-hour video that the Taliban recently released was coerced.


Fact is, we just can’t know what is in Bowe Bergdahl’s head. Yes, it’s certainly possible that everything that he said in the half-hour Taliban video, with the probable exception of the sentiments that he expressed for his family at home and his wish to go home, were coerced to at least some degree.

However, I don’t rule out that he truly believes at least some, or maybe even most of, the statements that he made. (I at least find it at least a little hard to believe that Bergdahl truly is as interested in finding out more about Islam as he states he is in the video.)

Hopefully Bergdahl will make it home safely and we will find out from him what is in his head.

Until then, each of us needs to humble herself or himself and acknowledge:




Those are three refreshing, liberating words that we just don’t hear enough.

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