The Skip Gates arrest story has an interesting new twist. Apparently, a Boston policeman and member of the Massachusetts National Guard was upset enough about the whole situation that he wrote an email to the editor of the Boston Globe. This is what he had to say about Professor Gates:
If I was the officer [Gates] verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC [pepper spray] deserving of his belligerent non-compliance.
He also wasn’t very happy about the Globe’s coverage of the incident:
You are a hot little bird with minimal experiences in a harsh field. You are a fool. An infidel. You have no business writing for a US newspaper nevermind detailing and analyzing half-truths. You should serve me coffee and donuts on Sunday morning.
The officer has apologized for the email, and as for he use of the term “jungle monkey” — which appears repeatedly in the email — he claims “I didn’t mean it in a racist way.”
But as Andrew Sullivan remarked “If this is what they’re putting in emails, imagine what they’re saying in private.”
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe predicts that a movie musical will have to be made about these events.