Pres. Barrack Obama tried to quell the racial uproar he helped create over the arrest of a black Harvard professor. He had said police “acted stupidly” when they arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. for breaking into his own house.
The policeman did make a mistake but Gates went out of whack claiming racial injustice because of it. It was an honest error.
Is every mistake done by a black or white against the other race a case of racial injustice? Can’t it just be a mistake?
Anyhow, Obama said his words were “ill-chosen.” He called both the police officer and Gates to try and end the racial consternation caused over the affair, even offering to drink a beer with them as they make amends.
Incidentally, the Broadway-bound musical “White Noise,” which just had its world premier in New Orleans, should do a lot to eliminate racial injustice. Sure, segregation is over and many whites have tried to make up for injustices of the past. But there are also many whites who continue their attitudes of superiority. On the other hand, some blacks capitalize on ill feelings between the races, especially at election time.
The most defining segment of the musical was the outlook that eggs can be white or brown on the outside but, when you crack them open, they all look the same.
Hallelujah. That outlook could put an end to our racial injustices.
“White Noise” has some great music in it. If you go to New York, you must see it.