Maybe this paragraph (from this article) can help understand what is the current race issue here in the US:
“BOSTON – Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he will accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to visit him at the White House along with the white police officer who arrested the Harvard professor.”
You see, you either categorize people by race or you don’t. Why did the Associated Press called out the fact that the “scholar” here is black and the fact that the “police officer who arrested the professor” is white but they did not mention the fact that the President is black?
What I think is happening now a days around race is a struggle for social status. Institucionalized racism is gone. But individual racism remains and will probably always be there in some level. The way our liberal media and the so called “black schollars” want to solve this issue is through propaganda. If you show that our institutions are still somehow racists (and the police is always a favorite) you can push for reverse-racism laws.
I really have not doubt that Mr. Gates and the media are using this incident (which might have started in a roundabout way but it was conducted in a very premeditated manner) to push this agenda. Obama at first played right along, even though it looks like he’s got some pushback and now is trying to mend things a bit.
In the end, this is once again a matter of liberals trying to push ‘change’ in a stealth mode. Clearly the policeman didn’t do anything wrong… he got a call about a house intruder, found Gates there and asked for ID. The law is the law, and the pocileman followed a totally standard procedure. Once Gates reacted in a insulting manner, he got arrested. You can see that there is no talk of law X or Y being broken, because none was.
What the media *wants* to talk about is whether a white home owner would be asked for ID or not (which in itself is an impossible question to answer since there are inumerable variables in play). In other words, they want to measure ‘social perception’ and not unlawful discrimination. They believe you have to expose issues by flaring up grievances into public events.
They want to find ways to legislate social status. In my opinion, this is a stupid thing to do, and will bring even more racism than help to solve it.