I found this post by Violence Worker regarding the Gates kerfuffle interesting. He posits quite eruditely an opinion we've held for some time, that until we (those of us in the centre) take back ownership of race relationships from the hands of the Left, white guilt liberals and black race hustlers, we won't have that honest debate about race.
The Gates Arrest: Sgt. Crowley’s Nightmare Is All Too Real - Sadly racial relations are getting worse in this country [USA] and it is NOT The Man’s fault, it is NOT White Supremacist or such. It IS the fault of hostile, bitter Black Nationalist such as Professor Mr. Gates, President Obama, all too many Reverend Black Community Leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus and the White Guilt Cult in government, media, academia and the whores in business who buy them off.
Back last February, Attorney General Eric Holder said this about race relations:
And I said back then that as long it is the liberals and race hustlers like Al Sharpton controlling the discussion, we will never have an honest discussion.
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,"
Thursday, Obama's answer to the question about the earlier arrest of Professor Gates is the reason there can be no honesty.
Holder can talk about race any way he pleases. White people, to include white liberals, have no such luxury. We are only allowed to talk about race within the bounds of white guilt. If we so much as stray one millimeter from that line, we are racists.
The political left in this country does not want an honest discussion because if we ever really do have that discussion, they could not control the outcome. When Obama said, before knowing all of the facts,that the Cambridge Police were "acting stupidly", he was providing the settled argument. By "acting stupidly", he was saying "institutional racism" because all white cops are racist. It's settled science, just like global warming. The cops were racist and the poor innocent professor was the victim of their overt oppression.
When it came to light that the story wasn't quite as the professor first stated, it created a bit of a stir; enough so that the President felt compelled to call Sgt Crowley. While he didn't outright apologize he did "clarify" his remarks.
Sorry Mr. Obama, but you were indeed maligning them. You spoke before you knew the facts and ended up with a shoe leather steak in your mouth. And "calibrated those words"? What the heck do you mean by that? As a mechanic by trade, a number of the tools and test equipment I use must be periodically calibrated. That is, their accuracy is compared and adjusted (if need be) to a national or international standard. In all my years, I've never seen or heard of words that required calibration. Me thinks even Dubya probably knows that much.
"I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department and Sgt. Crowley specifically. And I could've calibrated those words differently."
In any case, Sgt Crowley says he's OK with it and I suppose that's good enough for me. My main point is not about that so much as it is about this conversation about race we are supposed to be so afraid to have. Is it any wonder we can't have it?