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Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African-American Research, said he hoped his arrest for disorderly conduct on July 16 would be a teachable moment for America. Boy, has it ever been.
Monday, the City of Cambridge released the 911 and arrest tapes from the incident in which Gates was arrested by white police officer James Crowley. It is no wonder that Gates has begun to back down from his allegations of racism. The tapes show no such motivation, and they confirm that Gates was being disorderly, which he had denied.
The tapes reveal a couple of crucial points. 1) the woman who reported the possible break-in at Gates’ home never mentioned black males at all. 2) Gates was in fact shouting, despite his claim that this was impossible.
Gates’ allegations of being racially profiled by a lying, racist officer collapse upon the tapes’ revelations. Officer Crowley was not looking for black men. He had no idea what race the suspects were. And Gates was indeed being disorderly.
In a July 21 interview published on The Root, a website Gates founded, he said, “The police report says I was engaged in loud and tumultuous behavior. That’s a joke. Because I have a severe bronchial infection which I contracted in China and for which I was treated and have a doctor’s report from the Peninsula hotel in Beijing. So I couldn’t have yelled. I can’t yell even today, I’m not fully cured.”
In the tapes, Gates can clearly be heard shouting in the background.
He told his daughter in a July 22 interview on The Daily Beast:
If I had been white this incident never would have happened. He would have asked at the door, “Excuse me, are you okay? Because there are two black men around here try’na rob you” …. So race definitely played a role. Whether he’s an individual racist? I don’t know — I don’t know him. But I think he stereotyped me.
And that’s what racial profiling is all about. I was cast by him in a narrative and he didn’t know how to get out of it…
The tapes reveal that on the way to the house, Crowley asked what race the suspects were. Dispatch reported, “unknown on the race, one may be Hispanic, (unintelligible) I’m not sure.”
The only one cast in a pre-conceived narrative that day was Officer Crowley. Gates acknowledged in his Root interview that he saw Crowley and immediately feared for his own safety.
All of a sudden, there was a policeman on my porch. And I thought, “This is strange.” So I went over to the front porch still holding the phone, and I said “Officer, can I help you?” And he said, “Would you step outside onto the porch.” And the way he said it, I knew he wasn’t canvassing for the police benevolent association. All the hairs stood up on the back of my neck, and I realized that I was in danger. And I said to him no, out of instinct. I said, “No, I will not.”
He further explained:
Now it’s clear that he had a narrative in his head: A black man was inside someone’s house, probably a white person’s house, and this black man had broken and entered, and this black man was me.
But the evidence strongly suggests that it was Gates who had the pre-fabricated narrative in his head. And that narrative was that a racist white cop was confronting him because he was black.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online