"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And No. 3 -- what I think we know separate and apart from this incident -- is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
Barack Obama, July, 22nd
As most know, this was in reaction to Cambridge police arresting Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates for disorderly conduct during a call in which they were responding to reports of a possible breaking and entering at his home.
This was after Obama admitted he did not know all of the facts of the case.
I have two thoughts on this.
First I think it is more support for the notion that Obama was simply not qualified for the Presidency. This was an amateurish statement to make. He made several mistakes with this statement, any of which should not have been made.
-He should not have inserted himself in a local issue. While it could be argued that this involves racism, which is clearly a national interest, other than the professors allegations there is no evidence as of yet of racism in this case.
-He should not have made a statement on something in which he did not know the facts. Just a bit of advice, when you have to start a sentence with "I don't know all of the facts", shut up. A sentence that begins like this never ends good.
-He should not have painted an entire profession with the same brush, especially when members of the profession risk their lives to protect us.
While I do not believe he meant to, his statement maligned all police officers in the country.
My second thought is more simple. I believe his statement was racist.
Obama had no evidence that this was a racist incident yet he immediately took the word of a black professor and called his white arresting officer a racist.
Or, put another way, he did not know there was racism involved but he immediately assumed there was because the case involved a white officer arresting a black man.
Bottom line, racism works both ways.
Obviously, if it is found that the officer had racist motives, he should be punished.
What happens to a President though if it turns out he is acting as a racist?