The 2:00 mark in the video above proves very insightful.
Social commentator Toure' has already pronounced that HE knows what is going on in this Harvard University scuffle - RACISM!!!
He said it. We should believe it. That settles it.
We should only look at the "Brother Professor's"
- Skin color and how other Blacks are treated around America
- His Elite and Educated Status as disginguised professor
- His placement as a homeowner on society row at America's most elite university
With these facts in mind - How on Earth could it be anything other than RACISM in which this distinguised Black man is placed in stainless steel shackles to subdue the passion of 400 years of opression that he was expressing to the majority White group of police officers and the one Black cop who operated as "Slave Catchers" do?
DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM - I AM BLACK AND THEN A PROFESSOR
With this line of contextualization of 'yet another Black man shackled' the "Protectors Of Blackness" have already rendered their decision. The focus shifts away from any consideration of Dr. Gates' behavior, beligerant or otherwise and insteads they PROFILE the action of these police men in the context of how so many other police forces act.
Indeed the "brutal" actions of this small police force in this progressive town of Cambridge, MA is akin to the hardknock grit that is experieced by the men in blue who patrol the Bronx. I wonder if the excess of police cars that showed up speaks less to the level of threat that 2 Black men seeking entrance into a house in this elite part of town and instead indicates the lack of other more pressing things to do by this police force.
A good portion who are shouting to the hills that this is proof of "RACISM" actually wanted the police to apply special deferrence to the Brother Professor. Listen to the White neighbor who is interviewed in both of the attached videos. He suggested that Gates should be afforded the respect that any professor at Harvard should receive AND that since he is Black there should be an investigation as to the part that race has played.
In the field of debate, however, I have seen countless rebuttal attempts which go something like this: "Well I saw a White person yelling at a cop and she didn't get arrested........".
White folks - you should be proud as you all are the "1.0" of completness for so many African Americans.
My primary come back to all of this chatter is to note that it is unwise to advance a confrontation with a government official who can tax you or detain you. They always appear to have the bigger guns.
I realize that I have been stripped from my "Blackness" by daring to inspect the actions of the Brother Professor rather than launch an indictment against the Cambridge Police Department - using the profile of the police forces that have acted similarly around the nation.