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First, you should know that there had already been a recent break-in attempt at Professor Gates home. Sgt. Crowley responded to a possible B&E in progress. When finding the door open & a person inside matching the description given by the caller, the officer began to question the man & take control of the situation. The officer was doing his duty. The guilty party was Gates, who was disorderly from the start (homeowner or not). Plenty of homeowners are disorderly when confronted by law enforcement & the parties are subsequently arrested (rightfully so)!
I read the arrest report; from the minute officers arrived, Gates was confrontational (not a smart thing to do when being questioned by an officer of the law). And not only was Gates confrontational, he also began engaging in angry, racist hate speech. As a white woman, God forbid if a black officer shows up at my house & I confront him with anger & race speech. I'd be in handcuffs in no time - charged not only with disorderly conduct, but also a hate crime!
Obama was wrong to get involved & even more wrong to use the word "stupid" in describing the actions by Cambridge Police Department. The only mistake I see by the Department is dropping the charges. Was the man disorderly (the crime he was arrested for)? Yes! So why drop the charges?
Shame on Professor Gates & shame on the President. And shame on hateful people hell-bent on crying racism when there is none.
BTW, Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer in the Gates case, 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. The course, called "Racial Profiling," teaches about different cultures & how you don't want to single people out because of their ethnic background or the culture they come from," Fleming said.
"Facts matter, the man said. But they didn't in 2008, not when it came to Joe Biden (our guy) against Sarah Palin (odd outsider). The ladies and gentlemen of the press were more interested in her hair, her glasses, her wardrobe, he accent, her sex life, her kids' sex lives & her hunting habits than in whether her opponent knew anything about foreign policy, the Constitution of the United States, or the job he was running for. They still are. The relentlessly negative coverage of Palin goes on unabated -- she's the subject of a much-ballyhooed hatchet job in Vanity Fair this month -- even as Biden makes minor news from time to time by continuing his penchant for gaffes, this time while serving as the second most powerful person in the federal government." Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center. Here is a link to the article...
First, what is the definition of "feminism?" One source I found said "Feminism is a belief in the right of women to have political, social, and economic equality with men." Another source said, feminism is "aimed at equal rights and legal protection for women." Another says feminists "advocate equality for women and campaign for women's rights and interests." How can you, with a clear conscious, support a religion, culture, or organization that clearly debases its females and places men in superior power positions? And it's not just the burka; it's also the female circumcision, the Honor killings, and the “shut-up-and-do-as-you’re told” mentality operating through a heavy-handed patriarchal rule. No true, clear-thinking feminist would use the cop-out of "I am not a Muslim" so I'll stick my freaking head up my posterior cavity and repeat "I see no evil..." Come on – get real!
You also say "we have to understand other cultures and tolerate their practices." Really? If a culture allows the practice of human sacrifice, do we REALLY have to try to understand that? If a culture allows the enslavement of others, would you argue “Now, now – we must be politically correct and accept them into the fold?” If a culture allows the practice of mutilating a young girl's genitals via circumcision or the despicable practice of honor killing of young girls, are we truly supposed to understand and ignore?
Lastly, if we really DO have to understand the cultures and practices of everyone in this country, then please understand that in MY culture, some of the practices we uphold include embracing capitalism, patriotism, equality of gender and race (which means NO discrimination OR elevation), and a love of country and citizenship. It also includes upholding the Republic for which our American Flag stands, supporting the idea of country first, and the firm belief that the American Dream is still found through personal responsibility and hard work, and NOT through government control, government takeovers, or government bailouts.