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Gates/Crowley In An Alternative Universe

Jim Watkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Watkins

Let's visit an alternative universe where the protagonists behaved in a slightly more reasonable manner during their fateful confrontation.

Phony Scandals and Fatal Delays

Nancy L. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy L. Cohen

Welcome back to the 1990s, brought to you by our sponsor, the GOP. Now, as it was then, we gawk while health care reform slips away.

Georgetown Professor Richard America Joins the Conversation about the Gates Arrest

Emma Coleman Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Coleman Jordan

The Gates-Crowley controversy offers an opportunity to gain a takeaway that might be beneficial far beyond police-citizen relations, or even black-white relations: regular mental health checks.

Think Again: Why Does Barack Obama Hate America? (Hint: Blame ACORN)

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Obama's comments on the Gates arrest have demonstrated the dismal quality of conservative commentary these days.

Cambridge Officer Chooses CO Beer To Drink With President

The Denver Post | William Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

It is the sort of workplace meeting most of us can only daydream about: President Barack Obama is slated to sit down in his office today with a couple...

The Gates Arrest: Racism? Not so much. Classism? You betcha!

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zondra Hughes

This was a classic town vs. gown drama, a show-me-the-power move, and Gates slipped up.

Before We All Have A Beer

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anna Deavere Smith

There are many practical ways that we can do race work, not just race talk in our daily lives. But should we go back to work the same way as before?

Class and Race Again: Brewskies and Jungle Monkeys

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pam Spaulding

The beer summit confirms the role of class in this whole brouhaha. Beer is a social signifier that Gates, Obama, and Crowley are just regular guys shooting the sh*t.

Everything Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley Needed to Know, I Learned at a Montessori School

Jehmu Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jehmu Greene

Both Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gates had more than enough intellectual resources to identify alternatives in a heated confrontation -- both men chose not to use them.

Late Night Comics Tiptoe around Gates Arrest...Until Beer Is Involved

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

NEW YORK — Late-night comics found a few things to laugh about in the racially charged arrest of a Harvard professor – once beer was added...

Crowley vs. Gates: The Heart of Prejudice

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

"Us v. them" arguments do not engage our rational reflective capacities, but instead inflame us with an exhortation to battle.

Curse Words from an Old Manse

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

I strongly disagree with anyone caring about this "stupidly" business. Politics is serious, and sometimes people get fired up. Diplomatic speaking is for diplomats.

Why This White Guy Was Not Arrested While Trying to Break Into a House Not His Own

Warren Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Goldstein

My hope is that white folks will finally get what our African-American brothers and sisters have been trying to get through our thick skulls for about half a century now: It's different being black.

The Beers Obama, Gates, Crowley Will Drink At The White House

Huffingtion Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is due to get together tomorrow night with Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley for their much-anticipated beers and reconciliatio...

911 Caller In Gates Case To Speak Publicly

AP | JAY LINDSAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The woman who dialed 911 to report a possible break-in at the home of black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Wednes...

Justin Barrett, Boston Police Officer, Suspended For Calling Gates A "Jungle Monkey" In E-mail

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The fallout from the Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrest continues: the Boston Police Department has suspended an officer named Justin Barrett for using a ra...

The Gates of Political Distraction

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Umbrage at a Harvard professor's class snobbery might derail this generation's greatest hope for actually mitigating the class divide.

Beer Summit

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Nobody has the right to obstruct anyone else's pursuit of happiness. Have a brewski, and chill. For God's sake! Let's get the wheels back on the wagon.

"Police On My Back": My Playlist For Today's "Teachable Moment" at the White House

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I'm not sure what food and beverage will be served at today's "teachable moment," but we all know there's nothing like some good tunes to really set the right mood. Here's my playlist.

Jim Crowley: Racist or Thuggish Bully?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Obama was right in the real world (maybe not politically). Crowley certainly did act "stupidly." But Professor Gates acted stupidly as well.

Arthur Delaney

Disorderly Conduct: Conversation About Gates Arrest Precedes Arrest | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A lawyer who moments earlier had been complaining to friends about police overreaction in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., got a...

A Matter of No Middle Ground

Harvey Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Grossman

Everyone knows that as prudent people we ordinarily should not get "lippy" with a police officer, but Professor Gates is not guilty of violating that maxim. He was standing up for his rights.

Beer: It's Also For Political Fundraising

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Beer: it's not just for diffusing racial tensions. It's also for political fundraising. As are wine, bourbon, cocktails, margaritas, and mojitos -- al...

My "Teachable Moments" with the Cambridge Police

Billy Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Billy Kimball

The recent uproar about the arrest of the distinguished Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates called to mind my own experiences with the Cambridge police during my years in college, several decades ago.

The Personal Responsibilty to End Racial Profiling

Mark Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Thompson

The "personal responsibility" argument suggests that there is some inherent pathology within African Americans that is disabling. The word plays well politically among moderate and conservative Whites.