Friday, July 24, 2009
SGT. CROWLEY, THE RACIST
President Obama today tried to do damage control. I, for one, ain't buying. This is racial politics at its worst. Obama stepped in it and he knows it. Now he is trying to backtrack and much to my chagrine, he will escape basically unscathed. He hasn't been held to account during the campaign or his presidency. It won't start now.
Obama will get away with his arrogance and the media will abet him. Meanwhile, Sgt. Crowley is left to salvage his reputation in light of this regrettable incident. You see, police officers operate daily in a very gray area. We have only our reputation for fairness and impartiality. How do you quantify that? When the media and now the POTUS question that, it is almost irretrievable. The police can protest their innocence, but that is basically meaningless.
I am bitter because this happened to me. My name was written in the paper about an incident I posted on below, therefore branding me as a racist. My mother called me, worried, I would be fired. I assured her that the news media was wrong. Quietly, the guy we arrested, with so much fanfare, was found guilty of the charges we arrested him for. The newspaper that tarred and feathered us printed nothing about the guilty verdict.
I see this repeating itself. Gates will be lionized as a martyr for equal rights and Obama will go on to be the media darling he has been.
I hope Sgt Crowley will be able to do his job in the anonymity that all police officers crave and retire to a peaceful life.
And the band played on.