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Crunch Time: American Politics as Usual, Even for the "Transformational" Presidency

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

We are the "we" who can make ending racial profiling in America part of President Obama's here-and-now agenda, not just another slot in the portfolio of the presidency.

Todd Purdum: Obama, Crowley, Gates Should Drink Same Beer

Vanity Fair | By Todd S. Purdum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This strikes me as terrible idea, a sign of all that is wrong with America, and a metaphor for all the distance that still divides Harvard professors ...

Why America Needs the Rage of the Privileged Black Class

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Given the opportunity for improved police-community relations, it's actually a good thing that Sgt. Crowley didn't know who he was "messing" with.

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."

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.