In for an inch, in for a mile, the old saw goes. Politicians with no business experience deciding to run 15 percent of the economy is the mile. The inch, in this case, is Pres. Obama's jump to conclusions about the temporary arrest of Harvard black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., which he is hastily having to qualify.
Why the scramble to save face? Because the facts are coming in. And it's not just the police report, in which the renowned scholar tells the officer, that he, um, will [respecfully request an audience] with your Mama outside [Officer]. Facts about the officer himself are coming to light:1, 2
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. â€“ The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on understanding racial profiling.
Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley has taught a class about racial profiling for five years at the Lowell Police Academy after being hand-picked for the job by former police Commissioner Ronny Watson, who is black, said Academy Director Thomas Fleming.
There are sensible approaches to this controversy. No matter one's opinion on whether or not Gates deserved arrest, not immediately assuming racism seems a rational starting point.