"There is no end to this bullshit .Now they are going to try two teaming the cop on national TV ."
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said this evening that he would accept President Obama's invitation to meet with him and Cambridge Police Sergeant James M. Crowley at the White House.
Gates said in an email to the Globe that he was pleased to talk to the president today and to be asked to meet with Crowley, adding, "I said I would."
"My entire academic career had been based on improving race relations, not exacerbating them. I am hopeful that my experience will lead to greater sensitivity to issues of racial profiling in the criminal justice system. If so, then this will be a blessing for our society. It is time for all of us to move on, and to assess what we can learn from this experience," he said.
Obama extended the invitation today in phone calls to the two men as he sought to calm a national debate over racial profiling that reached a fever pitch after news broke of the white officer's arrest of the black scholar at his home last week.
Sergeant James M. Crowley
"If the cop goes he should take the other black cop with him as a backup whiteness !"
Crowley and the president discussed "he and I and professor Gates having a beer here in the White House," Obama said in a White House news conference. "We don't know if that's scheduled yet -- but we may put that together." The White House issued a statement later, noting that Obama had also called Gates.
Crowley couldn't be reached for comment. But Cambridge and area police unions released a statement on his behalf saying that Crowley and the president had a "friendly and meaningful conversation" and that Crowley was "profoundly grateful that the President took time out of his busy schedule to attempt to resolve this situation." The statement didn't say if Crowley had accepted the president's invitation.