Thursday, July 23, 2009

It Keeps Getting Better

Ahhh, yes, the stupidity of the police. The inherent superiority of the Harvard professor. The prevailing climate of police brutality and racism in America...

But, how about the lead in this new story:

Hard To Swallow the Racist Rant

Did you get that?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on racial profiling.
Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley has taught a class on racial profiling for five years at the Lowell Police Academy after being hand-picked for the job by former police Commissioner Ronny Watson, who is black, said Academy Director Thomas Fleming.


"I have nothing but the highest respect for him as a police officer. He is very professional and he is a good role model for the young recruits in the police academy," Fleming told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The course, called "Racial Profiling," teaches about different cultures that officers could encounter in their community "and how you don't want to single people out because of their ethnic background or the culture they come from," Fleming said.


I'm more convinced than ever...

Try this non sequitur on for size:

The president said he understands the sergeant who arrested Gates is an "outstanding police officer." But he added that with all that's going on in the country with health care and the economy and the wars abroad, "it doesn't make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he's not causing a serious disturbance."


This guy is a Harvard law school graduate, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, professor of law or something at the Univ. of Chicago, and a former US Senator. Does he not distinguish that "what's going on with health care and the economy and the wars abroad" are totally unrelated to a policeman on duty responding to a breaking and entering call then being verbally abused?

The Messiah probably has asked, "if we can put a man on the moon then why can't we cure cancer?" It does, however, reflect the level of discourse in this publicly educated nation.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ed,

The Messiah was really "bringing people together" last night when he commented that the police officer was "stupid," then went on to pour more gasoline on the flames of racial division with his little lecture on profiling.

Is "Stupid" an appropriate phrase for the President to use? On national TV? Before the facts are in? Was his statement official? Hmm. Anyway. Such language. Did his choice of words help ace relations? Did his language help police/community relations? Did he present a model of calm and dispassionate leadership? Did he present a model of a thoughtful and grounded administrator? Tsk! Maybe the Presidency really is above his pay grade?

The Six said...

Thanks for covering this Ed. This type of behavior from a president should be of concern to every American, regardless of race.

immagikman said...

Obama and his wife are angry black people who much like Jackson and Sharpton earned their way by fanning the flames of racism and are I suspect racist themselves. This is another disgrace among many from our Commander in Chief.

Buzz Barron said...

What was it Forrest said..."Stupid is as stupid does"???