(Update# 3) Boston Cop Calls Harvard Prof. Gates A “Banana Eating Jungle Monkey” In Email

Here is the video of Sgt. Crowley, Prof. Gates, President Obama and Joe Biden in what the media is calling a ‘beer summit’.

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Update: Here is the initial email that was sent to the Boston Globe and to members of the National Guard from Officer Barrett and he has since aplogized and as soon as I find the video I will post it also.

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Okay where are the people who keep saying that this is such an exemplary police force and that it has nothing to do with race? The fact that the media has not pounced on the revelations that the officer lied in his report [about two black men seen breaking into a home] from the account the woman who called 911, is the most under reported aspect of this story.

via Huff Post

The fallout from the Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrest continues: the Boston Police Department has suspended an officer named Justin Barrett for using a racial slur in reference to the Harvard professor in an email, the AP reports:

After learning of the slur, Commissioner Edward Davis put 36-year-old Justin Barrett on administrative leave pending a termination hearing.
A person with knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about it, said Barrett, a member of the National Guard, used the racial slur in messages to guardsmen and to The Boston Globe.

The AP omits the phrase Barrett used from its article, but the Boston Globe reports that the phrase was “jungle monkey,” and that the officer used it while reacting to the media coverage of the arrest.

Barrett, a 36-year-old who has been on the job for two years, was stripped of his gun and badge yesterday and faces a termination hearing in the next week, said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll. He has no previous disciplinary record, she said.

22 thoughts on “(Update# 3) Boston Cop Calls Harvard Prof. Gates A “Banana Eating Jungle Monkey” In Email

  1. The skin color does not make a difference. Herb Jeffries once said, “The word ‘black’ means ‘a void,’ so I have never seen a black man. The word ‘white’ means ‘lack of pigment,’ so I have never seen a white man either. There’s only one race: the human race.”

  2. Mikki,

    While I agree with you that Prof. Gates is a reknowned author, historian, and scholar, I disagree with you that no reknowned author, historian, or scholar would ever stoop to the level of a “your momma” comment. So no intellgent person would ever stoop to the common man’s language?

    Based on that reasoning I’m guessing that you also believe that Gen. Patton never swore, and you think that Bill Clinton asked Monica for fellatio instead of a blow job. If you’re absolutely convinced that Prof. Gates is far too intelligent to ever use a phrase like “your momma”, I suggest that you check out this video of a speech Prof. Gates gave in 1996. You can watch the whole video or you can cue it to the 3:06 mark where Gates uses the exact phrase that you suggest is just not possible for him to utter. You’re so right, Mikki, Sgt. Crowley MUST have fabricated that.

    I know that this may be hard to believe, Mikki, but it’s also possible for really intelligent people to jump to conclusions, and it’s possible for really intelligent people to not admit when they’re wrong. We’ve already seen Prof. Gates, President Obama, and now you jump to conclusions about Sgt. Crowley. I’m guessing that after watching that video you’ll also join Prof. Gates and President Obama by not admitting your mistake.

    Peace to all races, and may we see that we far more similar than we are different.

  3. Officer Crowley is a racist if ever I’ve seen one. He has no problem lying and I hope Dr. Henry Gates sues him for False Arrest. Crowley lied whe he said Dr. Gates started “talking about his momma”. What a liar! Crowley just thinks (with his racist reasoning) that this “Your momma” stuff would be believable to the general public because Professor Gates is black, and blacks always say something about “your momma”, right Crowley? How obvious Crowley! You are a racist and a liar. No, top-educated, renowned author, historian, and scholar would stoop to the level of a “your momma” comment to a cop. Crowley is a racist and so is the now fired, idiot, bigoted cop Barrett! Both of them have no place on the police force.

  4. He should be fired for being a dumb ass! People say misogynistic things constantly on TV, homophobic things daily, so the earth will not end with stupid comments. But sending an e-mail with your name attached to it in such a politically correct environment was just really stupid.

  5. This cop should be fired. There is no way to defend his language — it is racism.

    Many, including myself, believe that Sgt. Crowley is not racist. Instead, he was simply doing his job. If we let this obviously racist cop off the hook, though, it simply adds fuel to the fire for those who believe that all cops are racist and nobody holds them accountable for it.

    Accountability is the key issue here. It is sad to see that Prof. Gates has never taken any personal accountability for his role in the now much bally-hooed incident. It’s also sad to see that more people within the black community haven’t called for Gates to be accountable for his actions. We need more self-policing within our respective communities to make the other community feel as though we are working together. We white people know that we’re not as racist as many black people think we are. Yet wouldn’t we just be feeding into that misconsception if we don’t fire this clown of a cop who obviously is racist?

    And for those arguing freedom of speech — you are right that we have freedom of speech. You are free to say what you want, but you must understand that there can be reprecussions for it. I can call my boss a fat slob, but I’ll likely get fired for it.

    Nobody is arguing that we should lock up this cop for what he said (thus he’s free to say it), but this cop can be and should be fired for it.

  6. Never ever call anyone with the name Mozingo and Driggers a rude remark because the names are of African origin!

  7. Oh my goodness! The ancestors of William Grinstead and his African-European wife Elizabeth (Key) Grinstead, Emmanuel Driggers (African Man), George Galphin (his woman is black), Pope Clement VII and his black woman, Adam Rogers (African-European man), Francis Skipper and his black wife, Jan Janszoon Van Salee and his African Muslim wife, Pieter Van Meerhof and his African wife, Joseph Pendarvis and his black woman, Thomas Jefferson and his black woman’s ancestors, Edward Mozingo and Daniel Waldo (the father of African-European woman America Waldo) are not going to like this. People calling Africans names ought to be ashamed of themselves. They should treat them with respect and all people are created by the Lord.

  8. Officer Barrett’s catastrophic remark aside, I think there is growing concern right now about a wave of reverse racism and racial intimidation. People want racial harmony, but what they’re seeing is a new kind of racial bias emerging. Instead of becoming less color conscious, we are no obsessed with race. I was reminded of this fact as I watched news reports of this incident wedged in between CNN’s multiple airings of “Black in America”. This, on the heels of the media’s 24/7 canonization of Michael Jackson. In Los Angeles, white parents can’t even get their children into charter schools because African-American applicants are being awarded extra “points” just for being black. We need to find a way to be honest enough with each other that we can avoid these kinds of inequalities which appear to be de facto comeuppance or retribution. All that will do is create even more racial division in our society.

  9. Question: “What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?”

    Answer: The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups.

    God does not show partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.

    Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody who God loves and for whom Jesus died.

    Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

  10. This has got to stop. Whilst indulging in self-destruction we allow the good things of life to pass by. This does not bode well for our future. Our financial systems have collapsed and we do not delve into the reasons and those who caused it. Our health care system lags the world’s industrialized nations and we cannot come to the easy term of asking the question of how others have been able to do just fine with their “socialized medical systems” and we, the bastion of capitalism, are allowing fifty million of our countrymen to go without health services. Yet we find time to argue about Obama’s religion, his pastor, his associates, his bare chest, his lack of bowling skills, his jeans, his birth certificate, and on and on. These distractions are taking place while we lose our manufacturing base, while our children are being inadequately equipped for the future, while the infrastructure throughout the nation degrades. It is time for the adults to return, the kids have been entrusted with power for too long and look at the mess they’ve made of this great country of ours.

  11. The 1st amendment exists for a reason. If he wants to refer to Gates in a derogatory fashion, even if you disagree, it’s his right as an American (I don’t care for what he said either).
    You have to wonder about the double standard, every time a black refers to a white with an equally derogatory statement the media does nothing. How about the ridiculous porportion of black crime perpetrated against whites and other minorities, are the blacks racist for this. Maybe we should hold Gates accountable as a black leader for the havock his people are raining down on urban America.

  12. The Police Officer’s Creed states that: I must possess complete integrity For temptations will bestride my path; I must be tidy in my thoughts and person For pride, ambition, will demand this. Patience and courage are my twin companions….Patience paves the way for my lucid thinking While courage should be boundless. My rank instills in me a sense of power Which I must discipline so that no man need fear me….. Except there be good reason. And by these concepts I will be strong….. A true servant and guardian of THE LAW.

  13. I would like Mr.Barrett,to be Fire from his protector of the people.What side of the fence is the FOP on this matter?

  14. IS HE GOING TO HAVE A BEER WITH OBAMA TOO? TO BEGIN TO END RACIAL PROBLEMS, LETS BEGIN WITH GATES IS AN AMERICAN. NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN. SUCH AS I AM AN AMERICAN, NOT A WHITE AMERICAN.

  15. The part that bothers me is that he said he would have sprayed him with pepper spray. I don’t even want to think of the thought of “what if he had done the same thing the police in NY did, spray a black man trying to show his ID and was sprayed with bullets (41 total).The thought of him carrying a weapon.
    He should be fired. I hope he does not carry these beliefs in the military. I would hate to think of one of my fellow soldiers counting on him and he does not follow through.

  16. The guy should be fired. THere isn’t a government employee in this century who hasn’t been through multiple training sessions to know what he said was absolutely out of line and he should be fired. Many times I would say give the person 1 chance, everyone deserves one chance, but you what? I am fed up with people thinking they can say what ever rude thing pops in their head and then pretend to be sorry. They are only sorry they got in trouble. Then to say he is not racist? What a joke. The police force does not need this kind of employee, there are thousands of people looking for a good job, let one wish some credibility in the door and boot this callous individual out.

  17. What is wrong with the police? This is inexcusable behavior. Cops are NOT infallible and DO make mistakes. It is up to their superiors to correct the problem not cover it up. If that does not happen, then it is up to the superior’s bosses. The President WAS correct in calling it stupid. There is a lot of prejudice here and most of it is from the cops. This needs to be corrected ASAP.

  18. If the whole story comes out then What President O said (acted Stupidly) will be just a weak statement against the RACIST Cambridge Police Department. What a shame to the community and while claiming to serve them.

  19. OMG, yes, I’ve read every document and followed every lead and I find that Crowley has lied on multiple points! The Police Report had to be rewritten! Wow — I’m loving this. Cops are idiots…

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