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arrest an old man with a cane on his own front porch just for mouthing off, and try to pretend it's not relevant that he's black and you're white? you're a racist.
so here we're now in the middle of more ink being spilled than for MJ (who we're really not sure anymore whether or not he was either black OR white) and being given an opportunity to discuss the state of racism in america.
can we all just sit down, shut up and relax about this??? gates is a pre-racial racist with a bug up his butt, and the cop is a pre-racial racist with a bug up his butt, too. the combination of so much idiocy on the same front porch was more than the universe could stand, so here we are.
this isn't about whether or not we're living in post-racial america. this is about two absolute morons who are getting exactly what they deserve--gates, a trip to the station for being an asshole, and this white cop for all the world of crap that's going to come down on him for being a small-minded and little, little man.
i don't think anyone is advancing their point of view by trying to use this as an example for anything, but, geez, it's painful to hear them try.