Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Very Lawful Entry

Wow.

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is arrested for entering his own home in Cambridge, MA.

Hard to imagine how the Cambridge Police Department could explain away accusations of racial profiling.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was about to write a post about this, when I saw that you beat me to the punch. At first I was irate-- incredulous that such a well-known academic could be subject to police action for a non-cause. However, as I thought about it, I got more frustrated because this incident hogs the headlines, but generates a feeling of incredulity in onlookers precisely because of Gates' fame-- and not because he is an average citizen experiencing an average encounter with law enforcement. I would prefer that news headlines focus on the more common events-- where low-income minorities regularly encounter law enforcement, and, when they are mistreated, are not given an apology by the city of Cambridge or coverage on CNN.

-pilar