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John Fanning: Enough about Gates

John Fanning

Why is the story about the Cambridge Police Department, Professor Gates and the president dragging on endlessly? And why is everyone in the media avoiding the obvious? Professor Gates, instigating a racial incident, his past speeches and writings clearly suggest this, assumed he had “Bubba the Cop” on his porch when he went into a tirade. Sgt. Crowley, a police instructor in race relations – and just the opposite of what the professor was hoping he had – wisely kept the additional squad cars coming when he realized what Gates was pulling. If Gates isn’t a racist, then he certainly is well-versed in using race to his advantage similar to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Reverend Wright.

Enter the president, whose reaction to the incident was no surprise; as a neighborhood activist in South Chicago, Barack Obama would have learned two things: how to manufacture a racial incident, and adversarial relations with local police. Two of the three stars in this drama behaved as racists, and Sgt. Crowley wasn’t one of them. And nobody in the mainstream media has the intestinal fortitude to write an honest story about this fiasco and the racial opportunism.

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