Henry Louis Gates, James Crowley and Barack Obama (“the boys”) hoisted some cold suds on the South Lawn of the White House today in a carefully orchestrated event for the whole world to experience. This was, as the White House called it, a “teachable moment” on race in America. We couldn’t be happier for them, you know, the boys – for they have suffered so much.
And the “she”? That would be Ms Lucia Whalen, the woman who made the call to 911 concerning the home of Mr. Gates and (quite frankly) the only one of the four that acted like a responsible adult from beginning to end in this whole schoolyard-like affair. So, herein is the real “teachable moment” learned by Ms Whalen (and perhaps us all) – NO GOOD DEED SHALL GO UNPUNISHED.
After being being reviled in the blogosphere and pilloried in the mainstream media as a bigot, the flow of the B$LLSH$T quickly reversed when the recording of the 911 call by Ms. Whalen proved she never stated the race of the persons she thought may have been intruding into her neighbor’s house. Indeed, Ms Whalen volunteered no racial description at all. When pressed by the police dispatcher to describe the two men, Ms. Whalen said “one looked kind of Hispanic, but I’m not really sure.” She also added “I don’t know what’s happening. I don’t know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key, but I did notice they had to use their shoulders to try to barge in.”
For this alone, is enough for the world to call Ms Whalen a bigot, the Pandora responsible for setting the chain of events, the turmoil that flowed, that became the focus of late-night jokes, captivated the disdain of the world and was responsible for these three grown men (“the boys”) behaving like schoolyard boys (i.e., stupidly).
The Eve to Adam’s apple, that is why she can’t have a beer with the boys.
-Surface Earth columnist: CB