Don’t Get Mad. Get Honest about Pres. Obama’s CommentPublished by Tanu Henry on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm.
By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
July, 23, 2009 – President Obama has stirred up a firestorm with his criticism of Cambridge Police officers who arrested a friend of his, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., in his own home. Obama said, the police “acted stupidly” – and the comment has dominated headlines over health care reform ever since.
I think the president gave his “opinion” and I wasn’t aware that was not allowed by the commander-in-chief. He made every attempt to say his opinion may be biased because of his friendship with Dr. Gates – not to mention he repeated that he wasn’t there – but felt the officers could have moved on once they determined it was not a robbery in progress.
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Understanding that Gates was pissed, I bet the officer was as well. Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting police officer wasn’t letting Gates off easy. It was his power play once he discovered who Gates was, and neither wanted to lose face. Crowley defends his actions, and I’ll defend Gates and the president.
This story was national news before Obama spoke out because the arrest of Gates was unnecessary and seemed a bit harsh under the circumstances. Now all of a sudden the Cambridge Police are the victims?
I know race is always a touchy topic, but why can’t we discuss it? Is Obama going to have to pretend racism doesn’t exist and avoid any mention of the plight of African Americans and Latinos when race relations are up for discussion?
Obama is a constitutional lawyer, the first Black to head the Harvard Law Review and the first African-American president, and he acknowledged the progress that has been made in race relations over the years. But if anything comes of this incident, I hope both Blacks and Whites will understand – the discussion is still front page because feelings about race are still raw emotions in this country.
I’m not sure if having a Black president will help heal the wounds or scar those who see the “good old days” slipping away.
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