When it comes to the subject of race, overall we are a nation of cowards.
As the “fellas” gather today to have a cold one at The White House, we see yet another police officer acting as if he is GOP member when it comes to sending emails. But of course, just like the rest of them claims he is not a racist and while naming off the fact that they have a colored TV at home. I don’t know what some people feel racist is, but the words jungle monkey seemed to roll off Officer Justin Barrett’s his fingers rather easily and often. And how do you think he conducts his business when it comes to deciding who to stop, search and interrogate on a daily basis?
This is what most black men are talking about. What happened to Gates happens in some form or another every day to other black men. And yet so many are squabbling over this incident trying to dissect it as if it didn’t have any racial reasoning. Gates outwardly admitted that he had racial feelings, the officer added the two black men element in his police report, not the third party neighbor call, and apparently it was the officer who asked Gates to go outside before he arrested him, because he couldn’t do so in the home.
Colin Powell said what I have been saying all along:
“I think in this case the situation was made much more difficult on the part of the Cambridge Police Department,” Powell said. “Once they felt they had to bring Dr. Gates out of the house and to handcuff him, I would’ve thought at that point, some adult supervision would have stepped in and said ‘OK look, it is his house. Let’s not take this any further, take the handcuffs off, good night Dr. Gates.’ “
My whole thing is that while most will admit that race is a problem in our country, when it comes to specifics many refuse to admit it on the spot. Racism is cool to talk about as long as there is some ethereal element to it not pointing out the guilty or to speak on the abuse of the innocent.
And just think of the Republicans. It seems that one of these email incidents happen every other week. But supposedly some people act as if we are in some post racial society because we have a president of African descent. Whatever
Add to that… as the meeting approaches between Obama, Gates and Crowley we actually have politicians fussing about what kind of beer is being served. What is everything marketing these days? This again proves that beer is easier to talk about than race or this picture. I am amazed at time with the lack of real talk in America.