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Obama v. 5-0 — Obama backs down? [Jul. 25th, 2009|02:19 am]
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Mr. President — I campaigned for you. I haven’t been with you 100% since you’ve been inaugurated — warrantless wiretrapping, not killing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, Issues of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners — I’m a dyed in the wool Eugene McCarthy liberal, you know where I stand.

But yesterday you said something I could really get behind — you said the Cambridge police acted stupidly when they arrested Henry Louis Gates! Now THAT’S my President — not afraid to call cops stupid.

Now today he came close to apologizing. Weak.

Fact is, an able-bodied Cambridge policeman arrested an old crippled man, because the man — Gates — cursed him out. Why is it that cops think they can arrest people just for being lippy? WTF man — a few years back my next door neighbor stood in his front yard yelling at me for 5 solid minutes. Can I put him in cuffs? Is it a crime to be rude to a cop? Apparently so, because many, many people have been arrested or even put in the hospital for talking back to the police.

And as Harry Allen pointed out — this happened to a black man, and no one can come up with a SINGLE case where a white professor was arrested in his own home. To say race doesn’t matter in this issue is bullshit.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.


[User Picture]From: suitandtieguy
2009-07-25 04:32 am (UTC)
i'm a libertarian, so obviously i was against this guy before he went in, and unhappy with everything he's done since taking the oath.

however, yesterday i was proud of my president. what happened to that man in cambridge is an injustice regardless of colour, and the cop and his chief should be ashamed of themselves.

it's too bad he half-assed apologised.
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-07-25 09:55 pm (UTC)
It's not just that white professors don't get arrested in their homes, it's that a white man jiggling the door on his home never would have prompted a neighbor to call the cops in the first place.
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From: elkay
2009-07-27 10:22 am (UTC)
Yes, this.
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