No White House Apology for Professorgate

Leaving a fireworks display and party on June 27 of this year near Akron, Ohio, Martin Marshall and his family were attacked by dozens of black teenage boys chanting, "[I]t’s a black world," and,"This is our world."

Akron police quickly said it was no hate crime.

Last week in Austin, Texas, someone threw a brick through the window of a 4 year old’s bedroom with a note reading, "Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong." The victimized family is white. Thus, police quickly ruled out a hate crime.

Also last week, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a race-obsessed elite professor at Harvard University returned home from a trip to find himself unable to get into his house. He broke into his house, which had previously been broken into, and a neighbor called the police.

Sgt. James Crowley arrived at the scene to investigate. Instead of listening to and cooperating with Crowley, Professor Gates decided to scream racism. His cries fell on deaf ears across Boston once the facts came out. Not waiting for the facts to come out, Barack Obama quickly interjected himself into the incident, finding a teachable moment to discuss race relations.

Without knowing that Crowley had resolved the situation peacefully or that Gates followed Crowley out of the house insulting Crowley’s mother or even that Crowley told the professor to calm down or face arrest once a crowd had assembled, Barack Obama declared it was Crowley, not his friend Professor Gates, who had acted "stupidly."

Comedian Bill Cosby, asked about President Obama’s statement on a Boston radio interview, summed up the situation succinctly, saying, “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”

Two days later, Obama had to backtrack his way out of his own mess. It was clearly not Crowley who had acted "stupidly," but Obama and Gates. Nonetheless, Obama has been unwilling to apologize to Crowley for questioning Crowley’s conduct. The best he would do was apologize that people were focusing on what he had said.

RedState Reader "Swamp Yankee" has an excellent overview of the situation with numerous links to the police report, related news articles, etc. After Obama walked into the White House press room Friday to walk back the situation, Swamp Yankee amended his post:

"A good cop vindicated. Gates discredited. Obama undermined — undermined during a week of great legislative importance. Obama exposed — exposed for being the radical sympathizer and anti-cop liberal that he is. It was the grass roots that stopped the “lynching” of a good cop by the MSM; the Harvard elite; the Obama machine and their enablers. The police union is still asking for an actual apology from Obama and Deval. So fight on."

The incidents in Akron, Ohio, and Austin, Texas, flew largely under the radar and without any condemnation from Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or any of the other usual suspects. Gates, however, a student and practitioner of racial politics, qualified without any compelling evidence. Obama this week chose to become not the heir to Abraham Lincoln, but heir to Al Sharpton. As he continues his push to get hate crimes passed in the United States Congress, Americans should be very troubled.