Thursday, July 23, 2009

Diversity Thursday III: Ironic Schadenfreude

This is too good not to post - though I wanted to avoid the topic of the Kabuki dance going on in Mass. right now.

Why do I call them Diversity Bullies? Well, this should explain a lot.
The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on understanding racial profiling.
Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley has taught a class about racial profiling for five years at the Lowell Police Academy after being hand-picked for the job by former police Commissioner Ronny Watson, who is black, said Academy Director Thomas Fleming.
"I have nothing but the highest respect for him as a police officer. He is very professional and he is a good role model for the young recruits in the police academy," Fleming told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The course, called "Racial Profiling," teaches about different cultures that officers could encounter in their community "and how you don't want to single people out because of their ethnic background or the culture they come from," Fleming said. The academy trains cadets for cities across the region.
Obama has said the Cambridge officers "acted stupidly" in arresting Gates last week when they responded to his house after a woman reported a suspected break-in.
Crowley, 42, has maintained he did nothing wrong and has refused to apologize, as Gates has demanded.
Fellow officers, black and white, say Crowley is well-liked and respected on the force. Crowley was a campus police officer at Brandeis University in July 1993 when he administered CPR trying to save the life of former Boston Celtics player Reggie Lewis. Lewis, who was black, collapsed and died during an off-season workout.
Gov. Deval Patrick, who is black, said he was troubled and upset over the incident. Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, who also is black, has said she spoke with Gates and apologized on behalf of the city, and a statement from the city called the July 16 incident "regrettable and unfortunate."
The sectarianism spawned by an inability of a people to act and speak in a colorblind manner. A sectarianism promoted by the archaic theories of the Diversity Industry, racists, and intellectual cowardice.

Sometimes a cigar is a cigar: sometimes
a person being abusive to a police officer is a person being abusive to a police officer.

In the end though, this is just sad. Sad for Professor Gates, sad for Officer Crowley, and sad for the CINC. Each in their own way, but sad.
UPDATE: You can see the police report here. Pull quote:
...when asked by Crowley to speak with him outside the residence, Gates replied, "ya, I'll speak with your mama outside."
Yes, at Harvard, they will start to talk about yo mama.

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