The racist police sergeant Crowley of the Cambridge Massachusetts didn't give damn whether Professor Gates was a distinguished Harvard Faculty member or just some ordinary Black utility worker. He was just a"Nigger" to him and that's why he invited Gates outside to further provoke him into a possible physical confrontation. Many Caucasian cops and other law enforcement officers all around the United States are of the same racists mindset as Crowley, and the society by in large is in denial about this persistent malignant disease called white racism. The media frenzy about the Gates and Crowley incident will go away after two more weeks of warped misplaced discussion about the issue of race in the context of racial profiling and we won't have any more productive dialogue or action on the subject until another incident involving a high profile person of color is victimized by the racist oppressive police in this country. Men of color are routinely and daily victimized by racists cops and other law enforcement officials but those incidents never get reported by the main stream corporate sponsored media.
Boston Massachusetts,like Philadelphia Pennsylvania have been historical hot beds for overt and covert direct racial conflict,and both towns appeared to be far more racist than a place like Philadelphia Mississippi.
It is very unfortunate that the so-called first African American President,Barack Obama does not enough heart or the will to tell white parents that they need to raise their children to become non-bigoted and non racists,and that those white parents need to practice the Golden rule and to love all thy Neighbors as thyself. Prejudice is a learned behavior and children that are taught to hate and despise others grow up to be bigoted and racists and less tolerant of people who are different than them or the dominant group.Children are the bearers of life in its simplest and most joyous form.Children are color-blind and still free of all the complications,greed,and hatred that will slowly be instilled in them by a racist society and parents through out their lives. Bigoted parents produce bigoted children who carry those bias and prejudices in to adulthood and that's where we are in America in the year 2009. Some whites who voted for Barack Obama for President helped to superficially relieve them of various degrees of white guilt relative to the treatment of all people of color in this country particularly to African Americans, but many fail to realize that we are still stuck in 350 years of brutal on-going systemic and individual white racism. And the election of the first African American President didn't change any of the various institutions that have perpetrated over 350 years of the present effects of on-going naked and blind racism from those institutions.
Indeed racism is alive and flourishing very well in the United States of America,and since the favorable Ricci vs. DeStefano ruling by the United States Supreme Court it appears to be open season on people of color which was evidenced by the racially charged Senate Confirmation Hearing involving Sonia Sotomayor.
Can America afford nationally& internationally to have this overt and structural systemic white and individual white racism on its back going forward in the 21TH. Century ? How can the supposedly great American Empire lecture anyone about human rights,racism,self-determination, tolerance or good governance when we simply don't practice remotely any semblance of those ideas at home,and to say that we do is dishonest and hypocritical.