I admit, I haven't been watching much news lately...so I was a bit confused about all the hoopla surrounding yesterday's Presidential involvement in a tiff between a cop and a guy who was arrested. Is it me, or are people being arrested each and every day...why is the leader of the free world getting involved this time? Surely something really big must have happened.
>> Friday, July 31, 2009 – Politics
I flipped through the channels during late night news trying to get a more complete story - I saw a tidbit of the "beer summit" (gimme a break), a clip of Obama saying that the "police acted stupidly", and the mug shot of the guy who'd been arrested.
What the heck happened?! (if you'd like the officer's report, here you go)
I'd been out of the loop too long, so I decided to dig around the web to try and piece this thing together. You know, since the web is full of truth and unbiased news reporting ;-)
From what I can tell, a woman saw a man trying to get into a house. He didn't have keys, and it looked like he was trying to break in. She called the police. The police responded. By the time the police arrived, the man was in the house. He was actually the owner of the house, and produced ID to prove it. Sounds fine, right?
Well, except for the part where the owner of the home starts screaming and yelling and being uncooperative.
Why couldn't the guy just calmly explain the situation, produce his ID, and answer the officer's questions?
Instead, he started hollering about racism (he's black, the officer is white), refusing to do what the officer asked of him, and even threatened action against the officer. He was getting so belligerent that the officer actually arrested him for being disorderly.
I have a few questions for anyone who wants to consider them:
1. Do you think the owner of the home would have reacted the way he did if a black officer had arrived at the scene?
2. If a man or a woman (or a child or a 3 headed monster) is screaming at a police officer and refusing to cooperate, do you think it's fair that the individual (or 3 individuals in the case of a 3 headed monster) be arrested?
3. If it appears that someone is breaking into your home, would you like someone to call the police? Would you like for the police to arrive, secure the situation, verify that everyone is safe and accounted for?
4. Do you think that if you're a professor, a friend of the president, a black man, a white man, or a super star football player....that you should be treated differently than anyone else?
5. Do you think that the President of the United States has any business commenting publicly, especially when he admits that he wasn't there and doesn't know all the facts?
6. How do you feel about our President after he stated that the police acted stupidly?
7. I wonder...has the President told his friend that HE acted stupidly in screaming at the police and refusing to cooperate?
8. I wonder...has the first lady told the President that HE acted stupidly in getting involved in this in the first place?
9. Do you think it was racist for the officer to assume that there might be trouble at that home, considering the fact that someone had reported a possible break in?
10. Do you think it was racist for the officer to arrest a man who was being uncooperative and acting disruptively?
11. Do you think it was racist for the owner of the home to start hollering "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO BLACK MEN IN AMERICA!" when the officer arrived at his home and asked him to step out?
12. Do you think that it was racist of President Obama to assume that the police were the ones acting stupidly?
Racism...what is it really? It seems that at least one definition of racism could be "automatically assuming a derogatory or negative intent or action based on a person's race". In other words, when a person doesn't have the whole story, he/she assumes the worst of someone because of their race.
The President assumed that the police acted stupidly (why?).
The man arrested assumed that the police officer was questioning him because the police officer was racist (why?).
The officer assumed that someone was breaking into the house (why?).
The only "why?" I can answer from the facts I've found is the third one. The officer assumed that someone was breaking into the home....because someone called 911 and said "Hey, someone's breaking into the house."
As for the President and the Mr. Gates (the guy who was arrested) - hasn't anyone told you what happens when you A$$ U ME??
Okay - I've said my piece. This seems so cut and dry to me - am I missing something, or am I (ahem) assuming too much?