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[(CNN) -- A Boston police officer who sent a mass e-mail referring to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as a "banana-eating jungle monkey" has apologized, saying he's not a racist. Officer Justin Barrett told a Boston television station on Wednesday night that he was sorry for the e-mail.
"I regret that I used such words," Barrett told CNN affiliate WCVB-TV. "I have so many friends of every type of culture and race you can name. I am not a racist."
Barrett used the "jungle monkey" phrase four times, three times referring to Gates and once referring to Abraham's writing as "jungle monkey gibberish." He also declared that he was "not a racist but I am prejudice towards people who are stupid]
The defense that these people give that they're not racist, like "my friends are [x minority]" or "I am married to [x minority]", doesn't really fly. While the Crowley-Gates incident wasn't a racially-motivated incident initially, I've found the supporters of Crowley oftentimes are blatant racists, like this guy Barrett.
Last edited by maverick4; 07-30-2009 at 01:47 PM..
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Re: Boston Cop Apologizes for Calling Gates a "Banana Eating Jungle Monkey" 4 Times
The cop should be fired, Gates should be fired from Harvard both are racist, looks like Gates is a tax cheat too..
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