Gates Behaved Stupidly
Submitted By Todd on June 30th at 9:00pm
The final review of the arrest last year of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates is in. The result? Gates loses.
"For various reasons, each man reported feeling a certain degree of fear of the other,'' according to the report, which was conducted by an outside panel of police officials, academics and community leaders. "The committee believes that Professor Gates, like Sgt. Crowley, missed opportunities to de-escalate the encounter.''What? The Black Harvard professor and expert in race relations acted stupidly?
"Because Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates did not change their attitudes toward each other, even after each man realized that the other posed no physical threat, the encounter continued to deteriorate and eventually reached an outcome that the police department and Professor Gates agreed was unfortunate,'' the review concludes.The Blue Ribbon Commission puts some burden on Sgt. Crowley...
But once he saw Gates's identification card, Crowley "could have taken greater pains to explain the uncertainty and potential dangers of responding to a serious crime-in-progress call" and why "police officers must focus on the safety of the public and their own safety, and why his need to assess and mitigate any risks may have caused him to adopt a seemingly abrupt tone," the report said.And it puts some burden on Gates...
Gates, for his part, "could have tried to understand the situation from the point of view of a police officer responding to a 911 call about a break-in in progress, and could have spoken respectfully to Sergeant Crowley and accommodated his request to step outside at the beginning of their encounter," the report said.From my perspective, Gates created the problems by reacting with fear and resistance when he saw a White police officer at his house. Do you recall his description of his own reaction?
All of a sudden, there was a policeman on my porch. And I thought, ‘This is strange.’ So I went over to the front porch still holding the phone, and I said ‘Officer, can I help you?’ And he said, ‘Would you step outside onto the porch.’ And the way he said it, I knew he wasn’t canvassing for the police benevolent association. All the hairs stood up on the back of my neck, and I realized that I was in danger. And I said to him no, out of instinct. I said, ‘No, I will not.’The expert in racial profiling said no to the White cop. Who made the hairs stand up on the back of his neck!
Now it’s clear that he had a narrative in his head: A black man was inside someone’s house, probably a white person’s house, and this black man had broken and entered, and this black man was me. So he’s looking at my ID, he asked me another question, which I refused to answer. And I said I want your name and your badge number because I want to file a complaint because of the way he had treated me at the front door. He didn’t say, ‘Excuse me, sir, is there a disturbance here, is this your house?’—he demanded that I step out on the porch, and I don’t think he would have done that if I was a white person.This is the liberal disease on race - they've convinced themselves that it is the primary prism though which all people view all of life. They do that because it is, for them. Sgt. Crowley just wanted to make sure the premises was secure, and the paranoid, conceited Gates couldn't get out of race victim mode. If the police behaved stupidly, the official report now concludes that so did the Harvard professor.