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July 30, 2009


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...because he is white, and that gives him the privilege of saying whether the black President and professor were sufficiently deferential and respectful of the authority inherent in the color of his skin.



The press treated Crowley as the key to this interaction. He was presumed to be the one authority in the situation who was blameless; everything else was "racial tension" or "misunderstanding" - that is, a problem created by black people. He was presumed to be the authority, despite the position and credentials of the men he was meeting. He was presumed to be both correct and truthful in his version of the arrest of Prof. Gates. White America gave Crowley its support and the media followed along.

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