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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.

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.

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.