No Right to Victimhood

Given that the facts didn’t quite support Obama’s teachable narrative, many liberals are now arguing in true deconstructionist style that the facts don’t matter. Eugene Robinson is left defending Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s right to be obnoxious:

But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Crowley’s version of the incident is true — that Gates, from the outset, was accusatory, aggressive and even obnoxious, addressing the officer with an air of highhanded superiority. Let’s assume he really recited the Big Cheese mantra: “You have no idea who you’re messing with.”

Well sure, everyone can be a jerk, and the Harvard faculty likely has worse members than Gates in that respect. But Robinson misses the point. Gates can be as much of a jerk as he wants, but then he isn’t entitled to scream “Racism!” when others react — in this case (as Juan Williams pointed out) telling him to pipe down, warning him, and cuffing him for harassing a police officer. Let’s be clear: had a white professor begun the trash-talking, I feel certain that exactly the same thing would have occurred. That’s why most of us don’t behave that way when we interact with police.

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