Let's visit an alternative universe where the protagonists behaved in a slightly more reasonable manner during their fateful confrontation.
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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.
Obama's comments on the Gates arrest have demonstrated the dismal quality of conservative commentary these days.
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...
This was a classic town vs. gown drama, a show-me-the-power move, and Gates slipped up.
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?
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.
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.
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...
"Us v. them" arguments do not engage our rational reflective capacities, but instead inflame us with an exhortation to battle.
I strongly disagree with anyone caring about this "stupidly" business. Politics is serious, and sometimes people get fired up. Diplomatic speaking is for diplomats.
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.
President Obama is due to get together tomorrow night with Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley for their much-anticipated beers and reconciliatio...
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...
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...
Umbrage at a Harvard professor's class snobbery might derail this generation's greatest hope for actually mitigating the class divide.
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.
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.
Obama was right in the real world (maybe not politically). Crowley certainly did act "stupidly." But Professor Gates acted stupidly as well.
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...
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 not just for diffusing racial tensions. It's also for political fundraising. As are wine, bourbon, cocktails, margaritas, and mojitos -- al...
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 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.
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