Category Archives: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

July 2, 2010, 6:28 pm

City of Cambridge to Gates: “The Whole Thing Was Your — Uh — A Big Misunderstanding”

Chauncey DeVega, over at We Are Respectable Negroes, has a few comments on the report issued by the City of Cambridge about the July 16 2009 arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Give it a look and think about what it must be like to be Skip Gates and suck this one up. Or, hypothetically, what it would be like to be you and suck this one up.
Gates, as you may recall, was arrested in his own house after having presented his Harvard identification and, subsequently, losing his temper with Sergeant James Crowley. The conclusion reached by the panel of investigators? Both men were responsible for the incident. They feared each other, the report reasons, and acted accordingly. Gates shouted, Crowley locked him up. Because of their mutual fear, the commissioners reason, the two men shared responsibility for the incident because each might have taken a step back at a crucial moment. (Note to…

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July 25, 2009, 2:14 pm

This Post Is Not About Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Attempt To Enter His Own Home In Cambridge, MA

As news about Professor Gates’ confrontation with the Cambridge Police Department was breaking — or was it shortly after the President spoke so forcefully about it? — a friend turned to me and said: “Do not blog about this.”

That may be some version of what Michelle Obama was thinking as she saw her husband embark on what I thought was a humorous, candid and incisive commentary on the events surrounding a wealthy Harvard professor, his friend, being schooled by the police. (As an aside: if Obama were a blogger, he would have known not to use any derivative of the word “stupid.” Feminist bloggers know the content of what they are trying to say dissolves as (male) conservatives leap to censure them for disparaging such noble whitemale institutions as American policing or the Varsity Sport That Must Never Be Mentioned.) If there had been a thought bubble over Michelle’s head, it…

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