Saturday, July 25, 2009
Obama Backs Off On Stupid Cops Remark
President Obama has now called Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, the white cop who arrested his friend, black Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates and came away singing a completely different tune about Crowley. Calling him an outstanding officer with a record of racial sensitivity.
Clearly Obama recognizes that when he said during a prime time news conference that the Cambridge police acted "stupidly" when arresting Gates that he was the one who was acting stupidly.
Now that the president and Crowley have spoken, it's time for Crowley and Gates to meet and reach a mutual understanding and respect to help put this behind them. It's time to move beyond the instant incident and refocus on the issue of race in America. The discourse over the confrontation shows that the election of a racially identifiable black president has not, in itself, healed the historic distrust between the races in America.