One wonders what chaos would erupt if Obama had explicitly called out the arrest for what it actually represented: stupidity and racism.
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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.
No wonder Republicans have decried the president taking on too many issues at the same time. Apparently all they can handle is the trivial.
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...
My guess is that Sergeant James Crowley was following an inflexible rule that you arrest anyone who shouts angrily at a cop.
After yelling "freeze" Walker was then shot and killed.
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 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.
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?
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.
The real reason a Harvard Professor was arrested in his own home.
Irrespective of how educated or rich one might be, to be a black man in America is still a condition in which one feels he has no rights that any police officer is bound to respect.
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.
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?
There are several reports that the beer diplomacy between President Obama, Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...
Gates' and Crowley's confrontation was a clash of egos in which pride and prejudice -- on both sides -- came into play.
The Islamic clerics are to Iran what Wall St. is to the U.S.
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.
Let's look at the history of blacks and police in our nation in this century. The story is always familiar. The police say they are protecting lives and the community. They shoot first and ask questions later.
Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gate spoke different languages in that moment in time in the house of Dr. Gates.
The fact that our president won't stand behind his words when they become controversial makes me quite concerned about his future.
One thing is clear: Gates did not violate any law. Under Massachusetts law, which the police officer was supposedly enforcing, yelling at a police officer is not illegal.
The problem isn't so much what happened with Crowley and Gates. A greater problem is the divide between famous and easily identifiable people of color and those with no defense.
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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