Lucia Whalen is completing what she says will be her one and only news conference. Her voice trembling at times, close to tears, Mrs. Whalen spoke about threats that had been made against her, calling her racist and other names. Her husband did weep openly a few times as she spoke. Below is a video of MSNBC and other news organizations trailing her in paparazzi-like fashion as she and her husband left their home in preparation for their transit to the site of the press conference. Above is the press conference itself.
Her lawyer spoke first. Coyly referring to the three men who behaved badly sitting down for a beer tomorrow at the White House, Wendy Murphy simply said, “Maybe it’s a guy thing,” that her client was not invited.
The woman whose 911 call led to the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and a national debate on racial profiling spoke publicly for the first time about the case Wednesday, saying she was unfairly criticized and “afraid to say anything” after being called racist.
It’s easy for the President of the United States to turn into Pontificator-in-Chief, and that’s exactly what he did in this case. I suspect the police acted appropriately, but I don’t know. I wasn’t there. There’s are strong reasons for police asking Henry Louis Gates Jr. to step outside his house, first and foremost to ensure there was no one inside with intent to harm him.
Enough. I’m not going to get into that. Let these three chaps sit down and drink a pint or two. Lucia Whalen did the right thing. She called 911 because she saw suspicious activity. She acted and spoke appropriately when she called police.
Now leave her alone. She and her husband have a right to privacy. She is not a public official. She is not public property. She is an American, born in this country. Yes, one of the brilliant reporters picked up that she had slightly darker skin than white Americans, and had to ask if she was a citizen. And to the reporter who asked that question, I say, “Way to go for working to keep us safe from any threat of foreigners calling 911, you arrogant ass.”
Mrs. Whalen, thank you. You did exactly what we ask citizens to do in our town when they see suspicious activity.
And to the three who started the fire or helped make it worse, enjoy your beer, and find it in your hearts to thank Mrs. Whalen.