White Cop, No Donut?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Who knew staid Cambridge, MA was such a hotbed of racial animus? After President Obama said Cambridge cops acted “stupidly” for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates for trying to enter his own home, the Boys in Blue pushed back and said they “deeply resented the implication” anyone would think they’re racist.

But right around the time the Cambridge P.D. were holding their presser, a local Harvard student Seth Bannon spotted this cop pulling up to a deli on Massachusetts Ave in his personal SUV with a knee-slapper license plate which reads: WHY-TEE.

Here’s a picture Bannon snapped.


Bannon told Gawker:

I was eating breakfast at the Gourmet Express Market and Deli (1868 Mass Ave, Cambridge), when around NOON the black SUV pictured backed into that space and parked illegally. The police officer pictured exited the SUV, walked into the Deli, ordered a sub, got back into the SUV, and drove off. I took the picture as the officer was getting back into the SUV.

I’m not nearly as disturbed by the (entirely unnecessary) illegal parking job as I am by the utter crudeness of the plates, especially in the aftermath of the Gates debacle.

I’ve attached two additional photos I snapped. In one you can see the officer holding the delicious sub he purchased.


Seth Bannon

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9 Responses to White Cop, No Donut?

  1. feminazi says:

    I find it amusing to hear the Cambridge police say they have one foot in the ACLU and the other in the NAACP. I grew up in Connecticut and as long as I can remember, next door Massachusetts had a well earned reputation as the center of some of the racial conflict in New England. I don’t know the cop who arrested Prof. Gates but I wasn’t surprised the event happened in Boston.

  2. pobept says:

    I think you miss understand, why-tee is a reference to golf! whi-tee would be different!

  3. TOM339 says:

    I guess “I Hate N****RS” wouldn’t fit on the plate.

  4. dmarks says:

    And the “KKK” plate must have been taken.

  5. Mauigirl says:

    Feminazi has a good point. While Cambridge likes to think of itself as separate from Boston, it was a well known fact back in the earlier days that Boston was quite racially divided and I’m sure the cops who work in Cambridge may be more a product of the Boston area altogether than Cambridge itself.

  6. Harry says:

    I visited Boston and Cambridge a few years ago and found them fascinating and historic. It’s interesting what tourists see over 5 days versus living there.

  7. Estacada says:

    Metro Boston has a history of racial strife.

    I remember reading about the riots there and several cases of police brutality against minorities over the years.

    A friend of mine from Salem, MA says Boston is very segregated and not the liberal mecca it’s portrayed to be in the media.

  8. jimmy says:

    I’m a golfer, and that plate has nothing to do with golf.

  9. libhomo says:

    I’m beginning to wonder if there is a need for a travel boycott of Cambridge.

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