These lessons are not a comprehensive list and they are not rules, but the kind of awareness they exemplify might have defused the tense Gates encounter.
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While it is easy to come to the defense of a black man who happens to be a world class scholar, how many less fortunate blacks get arrested on even more flimsy grounds with no public outcry?
One commentator said, " I am tired of the race card being played every time a black person is arrested/questioned or anything else that happens with the police."
Gates was charged with "disorderly conduct." Blacks easily recognize this offense as the failure of a black to show proper deference to a white police officer.
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