The situation in Cambridge, Mass., surrounding Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s arrest has been analyzed and reanalyzed from nearly every angle. The character of police Sgt. James Crowley has been dragged through the mud, then polished, then dragged through the mud again.
But Gates has, for the most part, escaped scrutiny. At worst, he has been described as a racialist, a man who sees every aspect of American life through the lens of ethnicity. At best, he has been described (by racialist and full-fledged polysyllable-babbling idiot Michael Eric Dyson) as the "Rosa Parks of racial profiling.”
But Gates is more than that. He is a faux moderate who, underneath it all, is convinced that American society is deeply and irreparably racist. He is an opportunist, and a defender and purveyor of the "dominant white racism" myth that continues to plague American society.
He is, underneath it all, Barack Obama.
Which is why President Obama came to Gates’ defense without knowing the facts and without knowing Sgt. Crowley. He and Gates are on the same wavelength: The police are, by and large, a bunch of discriminatory brutes. Whites can never quite do enough to atone for the sins of their ancestors. And blacks, short of openly violent conduct, can never do anything that would justify arrest.
Here is Gates on racial profiling in New York magazine from 1997: "Blacks -- in particular, black men -- swap their experiences of police encounters like war stories, and there are few who don’t have more than one story to tell … There’s a moving violation that many African-Americans know as DWB.: Driving While Black."
Obama thinks like Gates on racial profiling. While in the Illinois State Senate, he was instrumental in passing laws designed to target racial profiling; racial profiling, Obama said in defending Gates, "still haunts us." Despite Obama’s dismissal of his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright -- despite his protestations that he does not agree with Wright on his more extreme anti-American statements -- Obama openly discusses his agreement with Wright on basic race relations. In his first book, "Dreams From My Father," Obama quotes Wright approvingly: "These miseducated brothers, like that sociologist at the University of Chicago, talking about 'the declining significance of race.' Now, what country is he living in?"