As with many matters racial in this country, the coverage and aftermath of the Gates affair gets more and more surreal (remember O.J., Tywana Brawley, et al.?) This just in.
“A Boston cop insisted he was not a racist as he apologized for calling Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates a “banana-eating jungle monkey” in a mass e-mail.
“I did not mean to offend anyone,” Officer Justin Barrett told WCVB-TV. “The words were being used to characterize behavior, not describe anyone.”
Barrett admitted it was a “poor choice of words.”
“I didn’t mean it in a racist way,” he added. “I treat everyone with dignity and respect.””