Black In America: Media Displays Racial Bias In Coverage of Henry Louis Gates Arrest

The coverage of the recent arrest of a prominent Harvard Professor in his own home has sparked national debate.

The media coverage of news agencies such as CNN and Fox News have become clearly biased as they parade the record of the arresting officer.

It is always the assumption in this nation that the African American is wrong and the other party deserves the benefit of the doubt.

This is the textbook example of African Americans being second class citizens in regard to the law.

The continued injustices are always downplayed by the media and government to be a simple misunderstanding; it is not.

The President of the country should never have to retract his opinion when asked a question and further more should not be subject to scrutiny by the media and the Cambridge Police Department.

This also shows the class divides in America still exist in an unspoken matter as President Obama called the officer to speak with him before attempting to contact the victim. President Obama has yet to call his “friend” Prof. Henry Gates; however the officer has been contacted.

Fox News and CNN have taken liberty to portray this as an apology to the officer. The officer has blatantly refused to apologize to Prof. Henry Gates. Prof. Gates’ side of the story is incomplete at best, receiving little to no attention at all.

Whether the President of the United States or a professor of Harvard University; a black man does not retain equal rights in this nation.

Henry Gates was arrested in his home for disorderly conduct. The media’s assumption was that he was deserving of the arrest. I assume he was not.

If the officer is telling the truth and Gates was belligerent as he attempted to leave, he should have given Gates his name and badge number and left.

Under Massachusetts law an officer is required to provide name and badge number to a civilian who asks; the officer refused to do so.

But what do I know, white is right… 

The coverage of the recent arrest of a prominent Harvard Professor in his own home has sparked national debate.

The media coverage of news agencies such as CNN and Fox News have become clearly biased as they parade the record of the arresting officer.

It is always the assumption in this nation that the African American is wrong and the other party deserves the benefit of the doubt.

This is the textbook example of African Americans being second class citizens in regard to the law.

The continued injustices are always downplayed by the media and government to be a simple misunderstanding; it is not.

The President of the country should never have to retract his opinion when asked a question and further more should not be subject to scrutiny by the media and the Cambridge Police Department.

This also shows the class divides in America still exist in an unspoken matter as President Obama called the officer to speak with him before attempting to contact the victim. President Obama has yet to call his “friend” Prof. Henry Gates; however the officer has been contacted.

Fox News and CNN have taken liberty to portray this as an apology to the officer. The officer has blatantly refused to apologize to Prof. Henry Gates. Prof. Gates’ side of the story is incomplete at best, receiving little to no attention at all.

Whether the President of the United States or a professor of Harvard University; a black man does not retain equal rights in this nation.

Henry Gates was arrested in his home for disorderly conduct. The media’s assumption was that he was deserving of the arrest. I assume he was not.

If the officer is telling the truth and Gates was belligerent as he attempted to leave, he should have given Gates his name and badge number and left.

Under Massachusetts law an officer is required to provide name and badge number to a civilian who asks; the officer refused to do so.

But what do I know, white is right…

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~ by artofficial26 on July 24, 2009.

2 Responses to “Black In America: Media Displays Racial Bias In Coverage of Henry Louis Gates Arrest”

  1. First Gates was wrong to use the racial card. It might be true that black people face racism more than any other group. But it does not give Gates the right to have a fit with a cop who is responding to a call. He should have been in jail for a night. To use his own words, Obama was also stupid to get in this issue. One, it is local. I thought traditionally Presidents don’t get tangled with local issues. Two, he was not properly informed and then he called the force stupid. He should be under this fire. His mouth got him in trouble. Maybe Biden is rubbing off on him. :)

    • Have a read of the police report.You mentioned that Gates never used the race card. By now, everyone knows he did. So get real. The officer acted correctly, this is exactly what they are trained to do. Gates had a hissy fit. I wish there was a tape for him to see how embarrassing he was. I am tired of black people crying foul. Reduce the percentage of your own people committing crime then people won’t think so much of being black.

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