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Tonight, Black Professor Henry Gates, White Cop James Crowley and our Bi-Racial President Barack Obama, will be meeting to bury the hatchet (aka the Race Firestorm of 2009) over a pint. Various bars across Washington DC are offering beer specials (and useless opinions ) based on the likely top three beer choices:
- Obama likes Bud Light
- Professor Gates likes Red Stripe
- Crowley likes Blue Moon
The event is intended to be a "teachable moment" for the three—specifically on the issue of race and policing that has twisted the undies of a nation for the last few weeks. I am not sure what the teachable moment is exactly. I get the intent, but tonight strikes me more as a "diffusional moment" more than a teachable moment. I mean are they expecting African Americans and White Cops will start doing "Meet Ups" in bars across the land to share feelings and hug out the racial divide? Doubtful. Instead, I think this is intended to put some closure (vis a vis a photo op) on an event that Obama stumbled into. If some broader policy fixes bubble up as a result, then a teachable moment it was. Otherwise, it's a chance for Team O to negate claims of being anti-cop which hounded him since the "acted stupidly" comment .
Of course, there is a protest scheduled for the event, by the very literal: "Citizens Against the Beer Summit at the White House." The protest is spearheaded by Pastor Emmett Burns, an elected Democrat to the Maryland State House (say whaaa??) His beef: Obama is encouraging underage drinking and youth alcoholism. Uh-huh. Totally.