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Henry Louis Gates

Gates Got Arrested Because He Hurt Sgt. Crowley's Feelings?!

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

For every Henry Louis Gates, with resources, notoriety, and connections, there are countless others like him who have to live with the reality of racism in anonymity.

No Racism In Obama's Post Race America

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wajahat Ali

One wonders what chaos would erupt if Obama had explicitly called out the arrest for what it actually represented: stupidity and racism.

Back to Black Man 101

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Anger, if you are a minority, is dangerous. If you are a woman, a person of color, gay, etc., your movements must be calm, your voice must be modulated, and your anger must never show.

The GOP Sets Its Priorities on Stupidity

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

No wonder Republicans have decried the president taking on too many issues at the same time. Apparently all they can handle is the trivial.

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.

Obama: Stop Driving Americans - and White House Guests - To Drink

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

Just after President Obama's top drug policy official told the country that marijuana is "dangerous," the President himself was touting the enjoyable effects of alcohol.

Officer Crowley

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Gates and Trucks

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

For once, American manufacturers are producing the best weapons ahead of schedule, and will save lives of men who would die without them.

Can Prejudice Be Justified?

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Etan Thomas

Do the isolated incidents in my past and what I have seen justify an overall prejudice toward all policemen?

Jason Linkins

Fox News Reporter Asks Tough Questions On Obama Beer Diplomacy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This Thursday night, the White House will host the most important Single-Serving Beer Drink-Off in the history of America as Obama imbibes with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and James Crowley. At stake: racial transcendence for all America.

Let's All Have a Beer and Talk Police Work

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The president, wounded by a wave of criticism, hounded by police union demands for an apology and struggling to get the country's focus back on health care, did a very smart thing.

Open Memo to President Barack Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

A Presidential National Commission of Race and Reconciliation is something you should now seriously consider, President Obama. If not you, who? If not now, when?

Gates, Crowley To Join Obama For Beers This Week

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: There are several reports that the beer diplomacy between President Obama, Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

A Teachable Moment: Pride and Prejudice

Denise Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Denise Dennis

Gates' and Crowley's confrontation was a clash of egos in which pride and prejudice -- on both sides -- came into play.

The White House Beer Date: Best and Worst Scenarios

Carolita Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson

America's Great Religion

Matthew-Lee Erlbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew-Lee Erlbach

The Islamic clerics are to Iran what Wall St. is to the U.S.

Hard Truths and the Teachable Moment: The Gates-Crowley Saga

Robin Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Wells

We know on a gut level that some hard truths are going to have to be addressed before the fractious couple that is white and black America can start to move on.

911 Call In Gates Arrest To Be Released By Police

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The 911 caller who reported two men possibly breaking into the home of black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not de...

The Skip Gates Arrest May Not Have Been About Race -- But About Something Even Worse

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Easterly

My guess is that Sergeant James Crowley was following an inflexible rule that you arrest anyone who shouts angrily at a cop.

Echoes of Gates' Arrest in Brooklyn?

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Elon James White

After yelling "freeze" Walker was then shot and killed.

Black-Centric Website Edited By Gates Hit With Racist Comments

New York Times | Richard Perez-Pena | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

t was probably inevitable that in the furor over the arrest of the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., some people would resort publicly to the u...

Obama's Gates Trainwreck

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama spoke from the heart and said what needed to be said about the thorny issue of racial profiling. No apology needed for that. He just said it in the wrong case and at the wrong time.

Mark Another Coup for David Axelrod

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Why do economic and racial segregation still dog us in 2009 -- the forty-fifth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and what, if anything, can be done?

Obama: His Own Best Crisis Manager

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The president followed the classic, three-part standard of crisis management: acknowledge your mistake, do it as quickly as possible and, ideally, do it yourself and not through a surrogate.