Dave: What do you think about that?
Me: About what?
Dave: About what Obama said?
Me: Oh, is this about the arrest in Cambridge? I wasn't paying attention.
Dave: Yeah. I think he was wrong for blaming the cops. That's just fucked up.
Me: He didn't blame the cops..
Dave: Yeah he did! He said they were wrong for arresting him.
Me: Oh really? He said that?
Dave: Well, something like that. Why the fuck did he even get involved!? He needs to do his fucking job!
Me: I like how at a press conference about health care the last question was about this case.
Dave: Oh he knew that question was coming.
Me: That's why he used the word, "stupidly" - he knew it would play well.
Dave: I don't know but that guy is just an asshole. The cop was just doing his job whether the guy was white or black or whatever.
Me: Are you black?
Dave: What the fuck does that have to do with anything.
Me: Look, I've seen enough outright racism and subtle racism by some police officers that it's not out of the realm. One time in college I was over a friend's house on a Friday night; we were going to watch movies, order pizza and smoke blunts. Cops busted in and they shook everyone down - they frisked them, asked for ID's, and checked them for warrants. I was the only person not even acknowledged much less frisked and berated and I was also the only white person in the room. And this was out in liberal, la-la Amherst.
Dave: What? You think they didn't search you because you're white?
Me: What do you think?
Dave: Look, I don't give a fuck what color you are. I don't judge people by their skin color.