Black In America: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Arrest A Result of Racial Profiling

“”There are one million black men in jail in this country and last Thursday I was one of them. This is outrageous and that this is how poor black men across the country are treated everyday in the criminal justice system. It’s one thing to write about it, but altogether another to experience it.”

A prosecutor is dropping a charge against prominent Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the city’s police department recommended that the matter not be pursued.

Gates was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct after an officer responded to his home, and found the owner of the house coming home from filming a documentary in China, according to a Cambridge police report.

Charles Ogletree, a professor at Harvard Law School who is Gates’ lawyer in this case, told CNN on Tuesday that Gates — the director of Harvard’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research — had returned from China on Thursday to his Cambridge home and discovered his front door jammed.

He opened his back door with his key and tried unsuccessfully from inside his home to open the front door. Eventually, Gates and his driver forced the door open from the outside, Ogletree said.

The professor was inside for several minutes when a police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, appeared at his steps and asked him to step outside, the lawyer said.

According to his lawyer, Gates told the officer he lived there and showed him his Massachusetts driver’s license and Harvard University identification card. The officer followed him into his house and said he had received a report of a possible break-in, the lawyer said. Gates grew frustrated that the officer was continuing to question him in his home and asked for the officer’s name and badge number, Ogletree said.

The police report offers a different account of the incident which Gates called very creative.  Mr. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct in his own home. The charges which have been dropped are baseless and derogatory of Mr. Gates character.

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. (born September 16, 1950) is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. Gates currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

~ by ARR on July 22, 2009.

One Response to “Black In America: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Arrest A Result of Racial Profiling”

  1. I am shocked and appalled at this situation. When will people wake up?
    I’ve read some of the comments posted by people who are indicating that they are white. It’s sad that they’re trying to justify racist actions.
    This is really no surprise, Whites pull something like this every 2yrs or so, just to let you know they’re in control and to intimidate minorities. I’m an African-American male,I’m Christian, born and raised in Phoenix,Arizona. I have no criminal background, and let me tell you, I don’t feel at all safe with police. This is something that happens allot here in Phoenix,AZ as well, but the media has a super cool way of hushing these types of situations.
    We’re treated like 2ND class citizens or terrorist instead of Christian brothers. The Bible clearly speaks against racism! “You might be able to fool us, trick us, and cheat us out of our human rights, but GOD See’s all that we do. This racism thing is not only in the world, but it’s also in the “Christian Church” as well. I’ve been to different Christian churches and let me tell you… We’re (African-Americans) tolerated, but not accepted. It is so, so very sad!!! Racism is not just a black and white issue it’s something that’s all around the world. In my 32 years on this earth, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a white person say we’re sorry for treating you the way we have. We’re sorry for treating the Native-Americans the way we have, So on and so on. When you try and talk about this sensitive issue with most whites, it’s completely justified. one BIG excuse after another!!!!!
    I don’t mean to sound as If I’m pointing fingers, but It upsets me that our Christian leaders don’t take matters on such as these. It’s not only the person or the government that’s responsible for eradicating this ugly disease called racism, but also the Christian Church and it’s leaders are responsible for dealing with this evil and helping those that need help in dealing with this ugly problem!

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