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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.

The Healer in Chief

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

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.

A Teachable Moment

Paula B. Mays | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula B. Mays

Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gate spoke different languages in that moment in time in the house of Dr. Gates.

Obama Backtracks Calling Police Action Stupid: Was It Moderation or Is Obama Becoming the First Wimp?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

The fact that our president won't stand behind his words when they become controversial makes me quite concerned about his future.

Obama Was Right About the Gates Arrest

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

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.

Jay-Z: "Every Step You Take, They Remind You, You Ghetto"

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

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.

Gatesgate: A lesson plan

Peter Y. Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Y. Sussman

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.

Lawrence O'Donnell: The Stupidity Of The Gates Arrest

TIME | Lawrence O'Donnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Here is what the absurdist, typically stilted police language of Sergeant James Crowley's official report on his arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Lou...

The Unteachable Lesson: Can We Learn From Gates and Crowley?

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

Whether he likes it or not, Gates stands as America's new 21st Century Poster Child for "racial profiling."

A Defining Moment in the History of Civil Rights

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Who are the beneficiaries of what appears to be the teapot tempest over the recent arrest of an African-American man in The People's Republic of Cambr...

Obama Having Beer Blasts at the White House

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

If this works, look for Obama to schedule Octoberfests to mediate a truce between Candy and Tori Spelling.

Gates: It's Time To 'Move On' From Arrest

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BOSTON — Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he's ready to move on from his arrest by a white police officer, hoping to use the enc...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Barack Obama made the mistake of speaking out on Gatesgate before he had all the facts. On national TV. Which is a shame because his larger point -- that there is still much work to be done when it comes to racial discrepancies in our justice system -- has gotten lost in the back and forth about the stupidity of his use of "stupidly." He's tried to make it right with an offer to work things out over a beer at the White House with Officer Crowley and Professor Gates. This has the rare chance to turn into both a teachable moment and a great beer commercial. "Tastes great, less jail filling." But he needs to pick his brew carefully. An import will drive Lou Dobbs crazy. And if he picks a dark beer, we'll get a week's worth of stories on Fox.

Drinking Past Racial Profiling: Obama and the Gates Arrest

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

As far as that pint of beer goes, I worry that it may take many shared kegs before we finally come together as a nation.

The Conversation We Need to Have

Karen Finney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Finney

The incident in Cambridge comes on the heels of a number of incidents over the past several months that reminded us of the unfinished business race and prejudice in our country.

Community-Based Justice in New York

Cyrus Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cyrus Vance

Radical racial disparity in "Stop and Frisk" is undeniable. In an attempt to make our city safer, these practices actually make it more dangerous.

Gates-Crowley Battle Not About Race, but Rather Citizens' Rights

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

When you look past the argument over race, you can see that a homeowner's rights were trampled on by the investigating and then arresting officer.

Free Skip Gates

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Crowley keeps complaining about Gates's "tone." It echoes teachers trying to assert authority over truculent children, and mothers and fathers with wise-guy kids at the dinner table.

Obama Addresses Gates At Briefing, Says He Called Officer

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Trying to tamp down an uproar over race, President Barack Obama said Friday he used an unfortunate choice of words in commenting on...

The Big Stupid in Cambridge

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Professor Gates and Officer Crowley were both wrong. Both over-reacted and took unnecessary offense. They both need to show some contrition.

Nice Try Mr. President; Hold The Beer & Get The Tape

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Joseph

So, President Obama wants the Prof and the Cop to come to the White House, have a beer and make nice? Not so fast.

Jason Linkins

Mika Brzezinski Battles "Morning Joe" Guests Over Race Relations (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Henry Louis Gates is the new Gate, thanks to President Obama, who, by using the word "stupidly" in context with the arrest of Gates in his own Cambrid...

White Cop, Black Professor, Bi-Racial President: An Explosive Media Combination

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Daou

When Obama weighed in, the Gates story went from newsworthy to explosive. Is this another instance of the media's lopsided priorities, where a debate over health care is overshadowed by a minor police incident?

Whatever Works: Obama, Gates, and Crowley

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Now that he's reverted to his conciliator mode by inviting Gates and Crowley over for a brew, Obama is playing to his strength. For the American beer industry this could be a great moment.

Being Black on a Sunny Day

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

The best news about the Professor Gates arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its aftermath is the very fact that it is news -- big news.