According to Yahoo News today, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., says it’s time to ‘move on’ from his arrest last week on disorderly conduct charges. But, he also added he wants to use this experience to “improve fairness in the criminal justice system”, a system that, in my mind was quite fair when they arrested Gates outside his home in Cambridge, Mass. last week.
Obviously, from these statements, Gates has no intention of taking responsibility for his abusive actions towards a police officer. But, why should he? If he does something wrong he thinks it’s fine to blame “being a black man in America” for any problems he might cause and, last week, his buddy, President Barack Obama sounded like he agreed with him.
Now Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he wants to “work with the Cambridge police department” towards a society where everyone has “equal justice under the law”. However, he’s already in a society where people have equal justice under the law because, if a white man had come out of a house that had been reported as being broken into, yelled at police officers he wouldn’t tell them who he was and then been increasingly verbally abusive – sure as heck, he would have been arrested too. In Henry Gates Jr.’s world, having equal justice under the law must mean that when a black man is abusive to a police officer, they’re allowed to get away with it. Otherwise, he and others of his ilk will be calling them ‘racist’ and ‘racial profilers’.
Meanwhile, Gates says he’d like to take up President Obama on his invitation to go to the White House and have a beer with the president and the arresting officer, Sergeant James Crowley. If I was Sgt. Crowley, I’d be staying as far away from that little gathering as possible. Why be invited to the White House under false pretences to, more than likely, be ‘talked to’ by a biased president who cannot accept his friend made a mistake? President or no president, Obama should have kept his nose out of this mess and let justice take its course. As it stands now, because he stuck his nose in, special attention was given to the case, charges were dropped and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. gets to walk away thinking he’s won.
‘Moving on’ might be a fine thing for Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., but for a well-respected police officer like Sgt. James Crowley, who’s name has been dragged through the mud by an African American professor (who is supposedly well-educated so should have known better), why should he move on? And why should President Barack Obama move on. Especially when he hasn’t had the guts to make a public apology for sticking his nose into something that wasn’t his business.
The only one in this sorry little incident who shouldn’t be ashamed of himself is Sgt. James Crowley. The other two should grow up and start talking about ‘responsibility for actions’ and not blame because of skin color.
SOURCES: Yahoo News – Gates says it’s time to ‘move on’ from his arrest