I guess it's a good thing that Whalen received flowers from Gates and all, but why is that all she gets? No beer at the white house with the boys? No public appreciation for her attempt to be a conscientious neighbor? And I am sick of reading/hearing that "the arrest sparked a national debate about race and police relations." Actually, it sparked a debate about how stupid our president is, how even cops who bend over backwards training in "racial sensitivity" are no match for angry old black guys with a chip on their shoulders, and how even liberal cops who probably voted for Obama aren't immune from this kind of bullshit.
Right from the get-go, Obama attempted to draw an illogical parallel between this case and racial profiling when there was obviously no profiling done. And Gates attempted to become the newest black representative in the race hustling business-claiming to represent "poor blacks" whom it turns out he didn't have very nice things to say about in his last PBS special .