Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Does This Look Like A Criminal?

According to Cambridge, MA police officers, Henry Louis Gates Jr. looked like he was breaking into a house near Harvard University's campus. The problem was, the house he was "breaking into" was his own. The other problem, Gates is one of the most prestigious scholars in the world.

A woman called police to report a possible break-in at Gates' home. Gates, who had just returned from China, was soon approached by police while standing in the foyer of the house. After initially refusing to show identification, Gates complied with the officers request, but when he asked for the officers i.d. and badge number, he claims the officer refused to give it to him.

Gates was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct; charges that have since been dropped. Gates is the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, and an acclaimed PBS documentarian. His arrest has sparked many debates on race relations and post-racial societal views.

Do you feel that society has truly moved forward in changing prejudices and racism? Has Barack Obama helped to change the face of how the world sees minorities?

Let's discuss...


1 comment:

  1. I think Mr. President summed up all my thoughts with his response to a similar question at the Press Conference last night. Well said, sir !