I've read a ton of comments from (white) people on various liberal blogs that say something like this: Yes, Gates was innocent, but everybody knows you don't talk back to the police. Why didn't he just put his head down and say yes, sir, of course sir, here's my ID sir? What kind of fool is he? Or they say something like, well, your sympathies might be with Gates, but the police deal with lunatics and jerks all day long, and many of them are dangerous, and they can't afford to take chances, and the police do this for very little money, the police are there to protect us, which Gates should have realized, so--
This is the problem with these comments, as Obama knows, and those writing here do as well: Two different Americas exist. Rich/Middle class white folk get to live in one, and maybe there the police exist to protect "us"; people of color, particularly, and to some extent poor white folk live in a different America.
Maybe you should shut up and listen to what you're getting told about that place, just one time. How would that be?