Daisy Cutters

What became of Sargeant Crowley from the infamous beer summit? How has he fared?

President Barack Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley meet in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 30, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

‘Professor Gates, on Bill Clinton’s advice, had met with Sgt Crowley for a beer prior to the Beer Summit, and was deeply moved when Sargeant Crowley told him “Professor, all I wanted was to go home to my wife at the end of the day.” Crowley feared another black man had been upstairs and could have come down suddenly and killed him.

Professor Gates said this brought tears to his eyes – he understood fear – and ever since then, he and Crowley have been really good friends.’- an edited epilogue from Wiki’s chronology.

What did I expect to find? Unsure. I am, however, in a different state of mind to where I began.

Mr Gates, naturally, felt hard done by, but, and here’s the rub, Sgt. Crowley only wished to walk away from the encounter alive. Alive. Let that sink in. This old man might kill me.

I’m black. I live in Germany. I don’t think the police believe their odds of 

 ‘pushing up dasies’

rise and reside in exponentially lethal plateaus each time we, or, a similar hue face off. Why?

The police force in America is terrified of the people it has sworn to protect and serve.

Does anyone care to ask why? Is anyone allowed to ask?

Dear Officers,

why are you so petrified? If you perchance happen to stumble across this post, please share your thoughts and fears, honestly, unbiased and motivated by a desire to serve your community fairly. Please share your concerns and suggestions; Black Americans have no wish for the police forces of America to be afraid, and I have no wish for police anywhere to be afraid of me.


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