"We hit it off right from the beginning. When he’s not arresting you, Sergeant Crowley is a really likable guy." Said Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. during the get-together over beer at the White House.It isn't about race. -- It's about authority.
The cop HAD to arrest him, to save face and authority in the community. Right?
NO. This isn't about race. It shouldn't have been anyway. It should have been about the police and the state's right to enter his house legally. They did not. Gates had the right to tell the cop to take a hike - or come back with a warrant. Period.
There is absolutely no legal requirement to be polite in the defense of the right of being the sovereign of his own home and privacy. And such rights cannot be negotiated away over beer.i.e. Professor Gate's mistake was making about race (His epidermis was showing) not about his Constitutional Rights.
Professor Gates should have taken his stand on the Bill of Rights and not on his epidermis or that of the arresting officer, and, if he didn't have the presence of mind to do so, that needn't inhibit the rest of us.
So, it's about race. The race card. Police brutality, authority, the 60's, the post-race president, health care derailed...
Too much has been said about the Blue Moon, Red Stripe and Budweiser beer being served tonight at the White House.
Why Budweiser? Not something I think of sipping while talking about racism.
You see, a few years back Rev. Jackson led a boycott against Budweiser, denouncing the company for discrimination. TV crews lit up as he poured Bud onto the street with a sneer, pronouncing, "This Bud is a dud!"
But magically Budweiser was no longer racist once his sons were given the exclusive Budweiser distributorship for the North Side of Chicago. Then, Bud was not a dud. Bud had experienced a teachable moment, and Bud passed the test.
I wonder if the rest of us will.
Welcome to Chicago: USA.