‘Cambridge police acted stupidly’
Circumstantial evidence that President Obama reads Hub Blog can be found here
. ... He's probably quaking in his presidential boots after reading my thunderbolt arguments against various health-care proposals floating around Washington. If I've lost Hub Blog, I've lost the nation.
Bottom line: I was impressed with the way the president deftly tried to "separate" the Gates incident from racism -- and yet circled back to talk about racism. The "fact" is that Gates had two reasons to be upset: 1.) He was arrested in his own home on a silly charge that would have infuriated most everyone else. 2.) He's a black American highly sensitive, and even overly sensitive, to past police treatment of blacks. Officer Crowley's actions were stupid and insenstive for those two reasons. But they don't make him a racist. ... Can we all agree that Gates and Crowley
are two very proud and stubborn men? I hope they reconcile their differences. I have a hunch they could become good friends if they both swallowed their pride and privately hashed out where both are coming from.
P.S. -- Have I ever mentioned that "stupid" is one of my favorite words? I once tried to explain "stupid beers" to some French friends (i.e., those late second-wind beers that you know you'll regret the next morning). The friends loved the phrase "stupid beers" and agreed there's no equivalent French word that sounds as stupid as "stupid."Update
-- The Globe
also has a quick profile of Crowley, in addition to the Herald account
. He sounds like a good guy caught up in an unfortunate controversy.