What's a beer among friends right? I mean, I'm trying to remember the last time I accused someone of acting stupidly before I knew all of the facts, then offered a pretty lame excuse for an apology to them, then invited them over for beer, along with my friend who hurled racial accusations towards this someone and for good measure, insulted their mother. Please tell me I'm not the only one that sees the incredibly condescending and disingenuous nature of this whole shameful debacle.
As a black man, I am ashamed and appalled at the careless attempt to paint this whole episode as one more instance of black victimization at the hands of an angry white police officer. Prof. Gates is a race-baiter who happens to be a well-respected intellectual and icon within the Black community. He uses his prominence within Harvard and within the Black community to play upon the fears, real or imagined, that Blacks have concerning the police, specifically white police officers, by painting himself a helpless, bewildered victim of deep-seeded white racism. What is more troubling to me is the irresponsible, careless, and reckless nature with which the President inserted himself into the middle of this whole situation. He's used the Presidential office as a way to verbally put a load of bricks on someone trying to do their job, while fully admitting he didn't have all of the facts. Now as a Harvard law student, I'm sure he had some courses that covered proper decorum regarding how to speak to and properly address a case or legal incident pending full disclosure of the facts.
Trying to soften the blowback from his previous statement, he comes back later to talk about how all of this has become a teachable moment while never saying the two words that would've sent an enormous message..."I'm sorry." For all of his brilliance, it baffles me how he could so carelessly offer judgement on a situation and on a person he knew nothing about while refusing to offer a sincere apology that could've spoken volumes to so many people directly and indirectly involved in the situation. And now, the President has invited Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley to the White House for a beer to talk things over and put things aside. Frankly, the one person I believe that has acted the most professional and most befitting of his stature and station is Sgt. Crowley, who has been vilified and demonized by two people who know full well the cruelty that is baseless accusations and slander.
No, this won't be a beer among friends. Rather, this should be an instructional for President Obama and Prof. Gates as to how to act in a way that's befitting their respective stations. Someone should take notes...they could probably learn something from a true professional.