July 24, 2009

State v. Innocent man in own home

And the benefit of the doubt lies with the State of Massachusetts? Seriously? Here's the question: How come citizen Henry Louis Gates didn't arrest those police officers and take them into custody?


But, hey. It sure is a damn good thing we have Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to tell us what it's like to be a Black man in America.


Tom said...

Honestly, don't you think that Obama, instead of unquestioningly supporting his friend could have said in response to the question: You know what, I don't know the details of the situation so I will not comment other than to say that Professor Gates is a friend of mine, and I'm sure we'll all get to the bottom of this soon enough.

I mean, how hard would that have been? When will our President realize that his words carry a gravity that very few others enjoy in this world. He can make or break careers and lives. He should have kept quiet until all the details were known.

krshorewood said...

There is that special discrimination that comes from being fat and a drug addict.

illusory tenant said...

"[Obama] should have kept quiet until all the details were known."

More than likely. I would have, and your proffered response is far more appropriate.

On the other hand, having listened to the entire exchange, I think Obama's "acted stupidly" referred specifically to the cops' writing the disorderly conduct ticket. That was stupid, for a variety of reasons.

Even so, a president needs to be more circumspect and diplomatic under such circumstances.

Personally, I'm pleased to see Obama didn't back away completely from the remark, as the response from the politically correct, libertarian-when-convenient right is pretty entertaining.

Cory Liebmann said...

i'm not suprised to find another "catch all" DC charge at the center of this thing.