President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home.Gotta give Barry credit on this one. For a guy whose done more to support his gay electorate than his black groupies during his presidency, one would think that Barry's blatant disregard of issues affecting the Black community would be somewhat troubling to even his Black followers by now. Indeed, a few Obama stans on the Left have begun to bravely criticize Barry. And good for them. Mere coincidence then that Barry comes out and forcefully condemns the actions of police officers arresting a black man for "breaking into" his own home? Who knows. But either way, Barry did the right thing in speaking out against the racial profiling of Professor Gates arrest. Respect due.
"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played," Obama said Wednesday night while taking questions after a White House news conference.
Cambridge authorities dropped disorderly conduct charges against Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Tuesday.
Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be "a little biased," because Gates is a friend.
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; 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 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."The incident, Obama said, shows "how race remains a factor in this society."