Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a professor of African American Studies at Harvard. Gates lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gates is black.
From his chosen field of lifelong study, it’s clear that he has a big chip on his shoulder.
Now, let me preface my comments by saying this: Profiling does occur in the United States. I see it happening just down the road – the only cars that get pulled over are Missouri plates, usually black males. I have no trouble believing that the police are picking on black people (even if they have their reasons).
By reasons, I mean that if statistics show in a given neighborhood that 99% of the residents are white, and 99% of the crimes in the neighborhood are committed by black males 20-30 years old… then by gosh, the police SHOULD focus their efforts on black males 20-30 years old. That’s just common sense. Just like it’s common sense to give extra scrutiny to Middle Eastern young men on airplanes.
Ok, that’s enough prefacing.
Gates came back from a long trip. Gates’ front door was stuck. He and his driver (also black) started ramming their shoulders into the door trying to un-stick the door. A passer-by saw two men trying to break a door open and called the cops.
The cops came, and by that time Gates was inside. He came to the door and the cops asked to see his ID.
This is where it starts being stupid.
Gates refused to show them ID and started going off on how they were racists because they assumed a black man smashing his shoulder on the door was breaking in.
Hmmm. I’m pretty sure the police would assume ANYONE ramming into the door with their shoulder was probably up to no good. Dontcha think?
Anyhow, Gates got more and more agitated and ultimately was arrested for disorderly conduct (since he wouldn’t cooperate – an act which would have been as difficult as showing his driver’s license with THAT friggin address on it).
Jesse Jackson and the other moronic race-baiters have decided that the police acted out of racism.
Personally, if someone sees a guy smacking into MY front door with his shoulder (even if it’s me and the person just doesn’t happen to know I live there), I sure as heck want them to call the cops. And guess what? I won’t be offended that I have to show the cops my ID.
EVEN IF IT’S A BLACK COP.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a one trick pony because if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This guy is obsessed with black history (particularly slavery and “white oppression), so every incident that involves a white man looks like racism to him.
I think the story speaks for itself. What do YOU think?