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    Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Colin Powell on Henry Louis Gates: He Should've Chilled Out! - Henry louis gates - Gawker

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVelDpz5ZT0"]YouTube - Powell Comments On Gates Arrest, Admits Being Profiled "Many Times"[/ame]

    Interesting perspective, including Powell's own experiences with racial profiling.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Powell said:There is no African-American in this county who has not been exposed to this kind of situation. Do you get angry? Yes. Do you manifest that anger? Do you protest?
    There was a time I had respect for Powell. That time is way in the past. Did he not hear the 9-11 tapes? Did he not read the report. Did he not hear the statement from the Black Officer on the scene? Powell even though he said Gates should have chilled still wants to make it about race which it clearly was not. He is in my mind trying to back the Racist in Chief Obama but did it sideways and tried to be sly and subtle about it.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    There was a time I had respect for Powell. That time is way in the past. Did he not hear the 9-11 tapes? Did he not read the report. Did he not hear the statement from the Black Officer on the scene? Powell even though he said Gates should have chilled still wants to make it about race which it clearly was not. He is in my mind trying to back the Racist in Chief Obama but did it sideways and tried to be sly and subtle about it.
    In your quote of Powell, it's not "Do you protest" it's "You protest". It's not a question, it's a statement.

    He's answering the "Do you manifest that anger?" question with acceptable responses for manifesting that anger that won't lead to situations like this.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    In your quote of Powell, it's not "Do you protest" it's "You protest". It's not a question, it's a statement.

    He's answering the "Do you manifest that anger?" question with acceptable responses for manifesting that anger that won't lead to situations like this.
    That's one aspect of this that has not gotten half the attention it needs--even if one grants Gates all the justifications needed for his anger, how he expressed that anger was not how society functions.

    Protesting is one thing, being loud and obnoxious is another.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    That's one aspect of this that has not gotten half the attention it needs--even if one grants Gates all the justifications needed for his anger, how he expressed that anger was not how society functions.

    Protesting is one thing, being loud and obnoxious is another.
    Exactly. I believe that was essentially what Powell was saying here. Kudos to him for stating it.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    There was a time I had respect for Powell. That time is way in the past. Did he not hear the 9-11 tapes? Did he not read the report. Did he not hear the statement from the Black Officer on the scene? Powell even though he said Gates should have chilled still wants to make it about race which it clearly was not. He is in my mind trying to back the Racist in Chief Obama but did it sideways and tried to be sly and subtle about it.
    He's coming at this from a different perspective since he's black. I think he was talking about Gate's perspective--from how Gates perceived Crowley's behavior. I didn't get the impression that he was saying that Crowley's behavior was based on race.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    He's coming at this from a different perspective since he's black. I think he was talking about Gate's perspective--from how Gates perceived Crowley's behavior. I didn't get the impression that he was saying that Crowley's behavior was based on race.
    What perspective would that be, eaxactly? How do blacks know that they are treated any different than whites by the cops?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What perspective would that be, eaxactly? How do blacks know that they are treated any different than whites by the cops?
    I'm curious to hear the answer to that one myself.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What perspective would that be, eaxactly? How do blacks know that they are treated any different than whites by the cops?
    That's a good question. I think it's a known fact that black people are viewed more suspiciously than white people. And there may be a valid reason for that. Neverthless, they are often treated differently.

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    Re: Colin Powell on Henry Gates: He should've Chilled Out

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What perspective would that be, eaxactly? How do blacks know that they are treated any different than whites by the cops?
    Are you joking? In a state like Masachusetts, the people in bad neighborhoods are almost all minorities... That would lead a cop to be more suspicious of a minority than a white person, who tends to be the inhabitant of better neighborhoods. That can undoubtedly be frustrating for a normal minority who has done nothing wrong... in bad neighborhood or good. But that's no excuse to throw a tantrum like Gates did.

    Powell worded it well.
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