Recently the President weighed in on the poorly executed police call to a Cambridge University teacher Henry Louis Gates Jr's home. Whether you are into politics, or pop culture, you can see this issue is heating up.
What is important to understand before everyone decides this is a racial matter and it does have racial undertones, the problem here is that NO one person is at fault here. Here is my take and I hope everyone of every color, shape, size, etc... can understand how a sober look can put this incident behind us without making it any one person's fault. The fact is everyone involved was stupid.
The police knock on a man's door. They are looking to investigate an incident. The man of the home answers and doesn't want to provide I.D. that it's his home. The police officer get's his tail in the air because he feels he's not being respected as an authority. Never mind that he has a job to do. He most likely recognizes that the man at the door is in fact the occupant of the home, but now he feels he is being disrespected and his badge allows him to take the upper hand. Stupid.
The home owner... well. He's black, African American, whatever he is, he's not white and he thinks that he is not being respected as he's seen racial attitude far too many times in his lifetime. So what does he do? He stands on the grounds that this is his home and nobody is going to disrespect he either. He could just provide the officer I.D. and the incident is avoided, but he invites trouble by getting his tail in the air too by saying, "this is what happens to a black man in America" and "you don't know who you're messing with". Again, stupid. ANYONE of any color that says that to a police officer is making a stupid mistake.
Gee, what do you think the Officer is going to do when someone says, "you don't know who you're messing with". ?
Now the home owner being arrested zeros in on his color being the reason he's arrested, not his statement, "you don't know who you're messing with." And when this thing hits the press, it's easy for him to stand on his race as the major reason he was arrested.
The fact is both these guys made the situation what it was. They were both wrong. Neither one was right. This happens all too much in America where two people argue and we all have to decide "who was right?" The answer seems to evade us all so many times. Stupidity is never exclusive to one party in an incident.
Both of these men were wrong to a degree. Enough that they are both at fault. Now we could argue that one is more at fault than the other but really? Do we have to parse this down so far?
Why do I mention Obama being stupid? Well, he really needed to keep his nose out of this as he is biased (a friend of the victim). As President, Barack Obama has a greater responsibility to stay out talking points on matters such as this. He needs to recognize that as a half African American president that whites have accepted him as a President, not a black President. In fact both sides have observed political correctness. To do this, we have all kept the race card out of our daily thinking in terms of his decisions as a President. While some talking heads on Radio and TV may try to drive the point that Obama is agenda based for the African American population, MOST people accept Obama on the terms that he is President and are judging him on his policy decisions, and the job he is doing. I doubt highly Obama or his aides read my articles (LOL) but I'm sure they have already considered this point of fact. Race is something everyone has observed to keep out of their daily thinking about Obama's Presidency. His weighing in on race could change and become a major problem for Obama if he keeps weighing on issues that have any relation at all to race. So yes, Obama made stupid move too.
Everyone here was wrong. Which is my greater point. No one person in this situation was right in handling the issue of the arrest of Henry Louis Gantes Jr. I would love to think that everyone realizing how stupid they were is the sole reason the charges were dropped. In a perfect world...