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Just Who Is The Stupid One?

by D. E. Carson (writer), , July 25, 2009

Harvard Professor gets busted for acting like a moron.

When a person behaves in a fashion that is unacceptable in public, they deserve to go to jail.  That is what Henry Louis Gates, Jr., did and he got publicly bitch-slapped for it.  He deserved every single minute of his arrest and incarceration for acting like a stupid idiot with a chip on his shoulder.

On Thursday, July 16, police acted on a tip from Cabridge resident Lucia Whalen that two black men were attempting to break into the house of her neighbor.  The neighbor happened to be Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  When police arrived, Sergeant James Crowley notified Mr. Gates that he was investigating a report of an attempted break-in at the house.  Instead of simply cooperating and just showing the officer his identification and explaining the situation, Gates immediately flew into a rage calling Sgt. Crowley a racist and refused to produce the requested identification, saying, "Why, because I'm a black man in America?"  Minutes later, after Gates relented and produced identification, he continued hurling insults at the officer in such a tone that the officer turned to leave the house jsut so he could communicate with his dispatcher.  Gates followed Sgt Crowley out of the house continuing to hurl insults at the officer.  It is noted that Gates was repeatedly asked to cease his behavior or he would be arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.  When he failed to comply that is exactly what happened.  Gates was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and booked into the Cambridge jail.  The charges were later dropped by city officials.  Today, the announcement came that the arresting officer was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

But the story doesn't end there.  Oh, no.  Because Gates just happenes to be a black man and Sgt. Crowley happens to be a white man, this isn't going to go away quietly.  In another case of "goddammit I'm black and I'm damn-well owed something because of it",  Gates' lawyer, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree raced with the swiftness of 1,000 horses straight to the radio show of Mr. Al Sharpton to express his disapproval of the incident and to let the whole world know that, "[w]e're not going to let it go with the dismissal of charges."  Of course they won't.  They have to keep up appearances that white on black racisim is still alive in America so that entitlement-minded fools like Al Sharpton and his cronies can continue to make money perpetuating the lie that blacks in America are somehow owed something -- as if blacks are entitled to special treatment.

There is no reason why blacks have to act this way other than because people like Mr. Sharpton perpetuate stereotypes and lies about racism in America.  And to be fair, not all blacks act this way -- but those who don't are often excoriated by people like Sharpton and are called "Uncle Toms" -- a reference to Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and a derrogatory term among blacks used to describe blacks who act like normal human beings and treat others like human beings and not like some piece of garbage lying in the gutter.

So where does that leave Sgt. Crowley?  Well just today, he has been cleared of any wrongdoing.  Of course Mr. Sharpton and his minons will have something to say about that.  You can bet that Professors Ogletree and Gates will be beating a path to the courthouse in Cambridge to file some sort of stupid, whiny lawsuit against the city or Sgt Crowley or both and anyone else and their mother who happens to get in their way.  You can bet your ass that the least they want is Crowley fired from his job if not to destroy Crowley's reputation as a police officer and his right to "live, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."  This is just another case of stupid people acting stupidly.

The facts are these: Lucia Whalen called police to report someone trying to break into her neighbor's house.  Police responded and in their attempt to discern what was going on, the officer was called a racist and verbally assaulted.  He was arrested for disorderly conduct by a police officer trying to do his job.  What do you think would have happened if there had really been two men breaking into that house?  I'd almost bet good money that if it had been a real break-in that professor would have slobbered all over himself thanking the police for doing their job and protecting the property of a black man and not showing favoritism.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is a disgrace to America.  He's a black man with a chip on his shoulder.  He's a fricking Harvard Professor, isn't that enough for him?  Apparently not.  What the hell else does he want?  He's making more money than most white people in America.  Where does he get off acting like he did?  He's a moron and frankly, Harvard should fire his ass for acting like a child.  Grow up already!



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By D. E. Carson on July 28, 2009 at 02:48 pm

So, if Obama truly misspoke, then why didn't he offer an apology for it?  He never came right out as said that he was sorry for getting involved in something he didn't have all the facts.  All he said was that he misspoke.  He should have said he was sorry that he misspoke.  He should have said that he made a comment about something he did not have all the facts about and that he was sorry for getting involved where he didn't belong.  If he'd been provoked for an answer, he should have originally said, "I don't know all the facts in this story to make an informed comment so I will not say anything."  Instead he automatically sides with his "buddy" and calls the actions of the cop "stupid."

I have no doubt that what Julian said holds some validity -- that Mr. Gates is of a generation of people who know more vividly the racism of the past.  I even conceed that Mr. Gates may have been jaded by much of his experiences growing up and in his younger adult days.  But it does not give him the right to disobey an officer of the law who is following up on a complaint from a neighbor that someone was breaking into Gates' house.  Suppose the officer had been the same age as Crowley but had been black.  Would Gates' jadedness have had the same contribution to the event?  I know we don't know what was said in the house.  It will always be "He said, He said." But we have to assume that 1) the officer was doing his job and 2) Gates behaved inappropriately.  If anyone should be offering an apology it should be Gates.  He's the one who let his attitude and his "chip" take over what should have been a calm event.

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By Lucy Ong on July 28, 2009 at 04:59 pm

But we have to assume that 1) the officer was doing his job and 2) Gates behaved inappropriately. 

Why?

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By D. E. Carson on July 31, 2009 at 04:49 pm

"But we have to assume that 1) the officer was doing his job and 2) Gates behaved inappropriately. 

Why?"

It sounds more like you're implying the following:  Why can't we assume it was the other way around?"  So if that was really your question, here's your answer.

We have to assume that Crowley was doing his job because the facts tell us that he was.  He was responding to a 911 call in which the caller indicated that someone was apparently attempting to break into the home of Professor Gates.  The first thing an officer is going to do when finding someone on the scene is ask for identification.  This is more to eliminate the person as a suspect than anything else.  It also helps the officer determine who are the players.  When an officer arrives on a crime scene, he doesn't know the victim from a hole in the wall.  For all Crowley knew, the man standing in front of him could have been a crook trying to burglarize this house.  From a burglar's point of view, he would say he lives there hoping the cop will take him at his word and not press the issue.  Crowley had no way of knowing if the man standing before him was the owner of the house or a burglar.  So Crowley did was any good cop would do and asked the man to produce identification.  This ensures that the officer knows he is dealing with the homeowner and not some crook trying to B.S. his way out being busted.

The fact that this whole incident escalated to where it did indicates that Gates did, in fact, refuse to produce ID and acted with the expectation that Crowley should have taken him at his word.  No doubt the first thing that went through Gates' mind was, "is this guy f-ing kidding?  Can't he see I'm black?  Doesn't he know that I'm a professor at Harvard?"  That Gates was arrested on a charge of disoderly conduct is all the proof that is needed to show he behaved inappropriately.  Whether you want to believe it or not, police are not generally in the habit of arresting people for no reason.  It's called "false arrest" and it tends to carry heavy penalties -- including discharge from the force.  Your question assumes the officer was the one acting inappropriately.  Where this comes from I cannot say, but I can say that it displays an ignorance on your part of how police generally operate (of course there are officers who don't follow the rules, and I'm not talking about them).  I harbor a deep-seeded loathing and contempt for the police as a whole.  I don't like them and I don't feel sad when one is killed in the line of duty.  BUT, I am also a realist who recognizes the necessity for police and that the job they do is not an easy one.  I am polite to them.  When I see them I wish them a quiet day/evening/night -- meaning that they don't have to arrest anyone, or worse and that at the end of their shift, they get to go home.  And I don't feel sorry for anyone stupid enough to challenge a cop.  I think the police should have the right to arrest anyone who interferes with them doing their job (which is what Gates did, so I think he got what he deserved).  I also think they should have the right to shoot your sorry ass if you shoot at them.  If they kill you, that is your problem.  If you kill one of them, that is also your problem.  Fortunately, Gates did not produce a firearm.  If he had and ended up dead because of it I would have no sympathy for him whatsoever.

As much as I don't like them, I will usually side with the police in an argument.  Unless of course, there are two of them holding some shlub down while a third one beats him with a stick, then I'll take issue with the cops.  But in the events that have occurred since Gates' arrest (including Beer Summit 2009), the assumption that Crowley was just doing his job and Gates acted inappropriately is valid.

If that wasn't your question, then please feel free to expound on your inquiry so that I may derive the proper insinuation of your comment and provide a more perspicacious response.  For those of you who attended government-run schools I said, "Ask me what you want to know and I'll tell you."

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