Alright this is my last analysis on this whole Gates/Crowley & now Obama episode in Cambridge, MA. This leads me to get something off my chest about racial profiling that someone has to say. Some will agree with me and some will choose to remain silent or get mad. Either way I’m saying it.
President Obama answered the question asked of him as a Black man who is President, not as the President who is Black. What that means is that he was responding to the question as Barack Obama the man, and to apply more emphasis, a Black man who is all too familiar with the various forms of racial profiling in the United States. Now as President and top politician he’s only profiled by Republicans and the fringe groups within the Republican Party, just as many Democrats profiles Dick Cheney as evil.
Example many can relate to: Some think or see a Black man and are suspicious; some see a White man and think racist. Which is true?
The problem is that we harbor so much mistrust of each other that we subconsciously can’t get past it. This is the core of our problem with race, religion and politics in this country and world; trust.
Some read this blog and only comment when they see an opening for disagreement. I’m suspicious of those individuals because over time that pattern exposes them. Although I sincerely strive not to consider them and it’s a challenge, I have to constantly remind myself to take advantage of the mistrust as an opportunity to teach and learn instead of get even.
The arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates is classic of what it is to be a Black man in America. Many Black people (and for those who don’t know I’m Black too) are tired of enduring this, but it’s not contained to just Blacks because our Latino friends receive the same level of suspicion too.
So as Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) who is proposing a resolution to make the President apologize, other Republicans in the House & Senate seek to score cheap political points. This is ridiculous.
It’s refreshing to have a President that’s considerate, although it can be a political liability at times if not properly applied. But I like what the President is doing.
Those who are so filled with their misunderstanding and lack of consideration for others will miss what the President’s gesture will accomplish. To have Dr. Gates and Sgt. Crowley come to the White House for a beer is a modern example of what went on long ago after the demonstrations in places like Birmingham and Montgomery for those who have really studied all of American History. The President is using the opportunity not to bully or gain any points, but as an opportunity to teach and for everyone to learn.
Reconciliation, consideration of others and helping to close the bridge of mistrust we continue to harbor towards one another is the lesson to be taught and learned. Will you receive it and how will you apply it?References & Inspirations Boston Globe – 07/28/09 “Gates, Crowley Meeting at White House set for 6pm Thursday” —–
STORY UPDATE: CNN – 07/30/09 “Boston Officer’s Apparent Racial Slur May Get Him Fired” Quick Comment: Now isn’t this what I’ve been talking about. Isn’t there a NY Post editor or someone who could have whispered in this guy’s ear to tell him that “if you’re not a racist, then don’t make a comment like the one you’re sending in an email.” What part of calling Dr. Gates a “banana-eating jungle monkey” do you not understand as being racist? Were you that isolated that you don’t realize the historical racial implications of such a statement? This is exactly what I’m talking about everyone. Officer Justin Barrett may not be racist; his “best friend may be black”. But that doesn’t mean that he’s immune from making or suggesting something that he may be culturally unaware of, because he has not had to confront it in his daily activities. I just shake my head.