Friday, July 24, 2009
The Henry Louis Gates Jr. incident currently dominating the media is a superb example of how cynical and self-serving the entire race pimping industry in America has become. As usual, there's a back story here the media aren't telling you about.
If you read the police report of the Gates’ arrest, it's pretty obvious exactly what happened. A woman saw two men with backpacks breaking into a house and called 911. A police officer, Sergeant James Crowley, responded to the radio call, and saw someone inside the house. When the person( who turned out to be Gates) said he was the owner, Crowley did exactly what he was supposed to do - he identified himself as a police officer asked Gates to confirm his identity, and wanted to know about any other persons in the house.
Gates refused to cooperate or provide his ID and began screaming at Crowley that he was racist, that this was only happening 'because I'm a black man in America' and that who was in his house was none of Crowley's business. He then told Crowley that he 'had no idea who he was messin' with' and that he hadn't heard the last of this.
After Crowley finally manged to get a Harvard ID out of Gates, he radioed and asked for the Harvard University police to be present, and began to leave once they arrived. Gates continued screaming at him yelling 'This is what happens to Black men in America' and creating a public disturbance. After warning him twice, Crowley arrested him for disorderly conduct.
Now, we both know that had he wanted to, Professor Gates could have resolved this in a matter of minutes, simply by confirming whom he was and providing his ID. Why didn't he?
Just by coincidence, Gates has a new TV series planned with PBS as well as yet another documentary about the plight of the black man in America in the works. Yesterday, he made the rounds of the dinosaur media yakking it up about how he, as a proud black man, got in the face of a rogue cop and stood up for his ' rights.'
Anyone else besides me think that this little scuffle and the media frenzy surrounding it might just result in higher ratings for Gates, some well paying speaking engagements and more lucrative book deals? You bet it will. And I guarantee Gates figured that out as well as soon as he noticed that the policeman involved was working solo and white.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is almost universally identified as a 'prominent black scholar' by the media, but in reality he's simply a professional Black Man, a race hustler with an exaggerated sense of his own importance. During the height of the affirmative action and diversity fetish in the 1970's, he received massive financial support from the top foundations in America and ended up with a BA in history from Yale, tried law school and ended up dropping out.
After that, he fell on his feet and became a fixture in academia, finding out that there was real gold in African American studies. Like Cornell West, James Cone, and others of that ilk who make a living off of 'racial studies' , Gates was just black enough to be authentic to the guilty white leftists that employed him and just polished enough and non threatening to be viable.
He specializes in condemning what he calls 'the Eurocentric bias' in history and literary studies, making him a staunch deconstructionist ( an academic term that translates as meaning that you can bend facts and accepted standards to fit your political agenda anytime you feel like it). Needless to say, with that viewpoint he's a minor god and in high demand in academic circles.
The controversy received an extra boost when President Obama decided to weigh in at the very end of his ObamaCare infomercial the other night, first admitting he didn't know all the facts and then referring to the Cambridge police force (and by extension, Sergeant Crowley) as acting 'stupidly'. He then went on to describe this as an example of racial profiling....AKA ' there's is still much work to be done on racism in America, this is a teachable moment' ad nauseum.
The idea of a president of the United States going off half cocked and demonizing a police officer without even really knowing what he was talking about struck even some of his supporters as odd. I can't imagine why.
Like Gates, Obama has never shied away from playing the race card when he saw it to his advantage. And Barack Obama has always been about excusing black racism when it suited him. Anyone who paid any close attention to his speech on the matter in Philadelphia should have figured that out by now. And in case they haven't, the man Obama appointed as his Attorney General, what he had to say on white racism in America, and the deliberate failure of the Obama justice department to prosecute people like the Black Panthers for voter intimidation ought to clue them in to Obama's underlying attitude on race.
This is, after all, the man who sat in Reverend Wright's church for two decades and was schooled in Black Liberation Theology, who attended the anti-Semitic Million Man March led by Louis Farrakhan, who boasts long standing connections with the Nation of Islam and whose hero and role model by his own admission, was the arch anti-Semite Malcolm X.
Obama sold his white followers on the idea of a post-racial America, with the implicit promise that if America just voted him in the country could atone for its racist guilt and put that era behind it. Obama became the ultimate affirmative action candidate, a man who's past was an unknown and who's experience and qualifications for the job of president were problematical,but whose persona could be marketed to manipulate the section of the electorate willing to buy into the novelty of the first black president - and the implicit cover for many of them who simply weren't all that comfortable with black people on a personal level.
Obviously, Obama's promise of a post-racial America was one that he never even remotely intended to keep.
Nor can we eliminate the class aspect of all this. Both Gates and Obama come from the same social strata, that of the Ivy league elite. Doors were opened for them that few people of any color ever experience. Is it any wonder that Gates would savage a white, blue collar cop for daring to have the temerity to question someone of his exalted status? Or that Obama would reflexively jump on that bandwagon? The president seriously miscalculated, largely because of the history of this particular policeman. Otherwise, Sergeant Crowley would likely have gotten the Joe the Plumber treatment.
The White House is currently in major damage control mode, but to any critical observer, this is definitely a teachable moment, and a revealing one. Although perhaps not how Obama intended it to be.
Black author Larry Elder in his best selling book 'The Ten Things You Can't Say In America' devoted a whole chapter to the idea that in present day America, blacks are, generally speaking, more racist than whites.
He may have something there.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 5:11 PM