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As the White House prepares a picnic-style atmosphere on the South Lawn, complete with beers, to ease anger over the arrest of an African-American Harvard professor last week, a Boston, Massachusetts, police officer is stirring the pot of racial tensions.

CNN is reporting that Officer Justin Barrett used a racial slur “in a mass e-mail” referring to Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who was arrested after he broke into his own home.

Barrett sent out multiple e-mails calling Gates “a banana-eating jungle monkey,” according to CNN.

Barrett says he’s sorry he “used such words,” according to CNN, and says he’s “not a racist.”

Really?  Then what is a racist?

Barrett has been “placed on administrative leave…and he might lose his job as a result,” CNN reports.

Obama, prof, cop to sit down over brews – CNN.com.