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Greta covered the Gates story again. I've always liked Greta, even when she was an MSNBC anchor. Whatever her politics -- and I had the distinct impression they were liberal -- she was fair. I experienced this first hand when I was a guest on her show and the topic was something volatile like reparations, and as usual the panel was stacked about three to one against me. BTW is anyone else aware that Greta's father was Senator McCarthy's campaign manager (Joe that is)?
In any case, this evening she had Sgt. Crowley's boss on and the 911 tape and the woman who called it in. The tape showed that the caller had no idea what ethnicity or race the two men breaking into the house were, and was aware that they had suitcases -- which either meant that they lived there (which she hypothesized) or were going to use them to haul out items from the house. Crowley's boss made the obvious point that a person in Gates' situation normally is very cooperative with police and simply says there's been a mistake, I live here. But -- as this officer put it -- Gates began calling Crowley a racist from the outset.
Now, for white people the term "racist" is really tantamount to being called a "ni---er" if you're black, except that blacks are free to call whites racists while whites can't even write the word n-i-g-g-e-r without risking repercussions. Watching this show -- watching this cop be not only unapologetic but demanding that Gates apologize to Crowley and his mother (for the trash-talk Yo Mama), it occurred to me that a great turn is indeed taking place as a result of the election of Obama.
First we had the spectacle of Sotomayor -- a race-preference leftist -- backing off entirely from race preferences, and now we have policemen who normally would just be under fire, saying enough -- we're not going to take it anymore. Saying: For years we've bent over backwards to apologize for racial injustices, some of which occurred and some of which did not, we've taken so many hours of courses and training to be sensitive to minorities, and we're not going to be called racists anymore when we're not. You are a professor making five or ten times what I make. You are in state whose governor is black; you're in a city whose mayor is black. You're pretending you're a powerless victim and at the same time phoning my chief and calling me a racist, telling me I don't know who I'm messing with because your friend who is black is the president of the United States. F--- you! And that's something of a cultural revolution.