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  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates Arrested Entering His Own Home

    Harvard prof. heads DuBois Institute:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaki ... l#comments

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    Re: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Arrested Entering His Own Home

    Originally posted by bijanc
    Harvard prof. heads DuBois Institute:

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaki ... l#comments
    Ridiculous - similar to DWB

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    • #3
      The Boston area continues its long history of racial issues (and no, they are certainly not the only area, by a long, long way). Nice article in the SF Chron today about the local guy who was the first black player on the last major league baseball team to integrate - Pumpsie Green with the Boston Red Sox, in 1959.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 18RJNG.DTL

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      • #4
        Re: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Arrested Entering His Own Home

        Originally posted by bambam
        Originally posted by bijanc
        Harvard prof. heads DuBois Institute:

        http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaki ... l#comments
        Ridiculous - similar to DWB
        ...and SWB or WWB or a host of WBs....still a Black man in America as far as law enforcement is concerned.

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        • #5
          Would be interesting to know what the real truth is. Had Gates shown his ID up front, this would never have happened. The cops were doing their job in investigating a possible break-in on Gate's house.

          Solution: Videotape or audiorecord the event like they do in cop cars. The truth is very enlightning.

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          • #6
            As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle here.

            I'm sure Professor Gates would want the police to respond if someone saw two men trying to force open his door and it WASN'T him and his friend. He may have been tired from his trip home from China, and not in the best mood, but all he had to do was respect the officers trying to protect HIS property, and shown ID without raising Cain.

            By the same token, regardless of how belligerent Gates became, once the police ascertained it was his home they had no business arresting him, unless he became a threat, whcih I have not read he did.
            There are no strings on me

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jack Slocombe
              Would be interesting to know what the real truth is. Had Gates shown his ID up front, this would never have happened. The cops were doing their job in investigating a possible break-in on Gate's house.

              Solution: Videotape or audiorecord the event like they do in cop cars. The truth is very enlightning.
              Who's to say Gates didn't have his ID @ the ready? There's both sides to this story and then there's the truth. Irregardless, keeping stopp'd by the police WB is a all to common occurance no matter where in this country one lives (whether affluent or not so affluent neighborhoods).

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                Re: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Arrested Entering His Own Home

                Ridiculous - similar to DWB[/quote] ...and SWB or WWB or a host of WBs....still a Black man in America as far as law enforcement is concerned.[/quote]

                OK, what are DWB, SWB, WWB and all the other WBs?

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                • #9
                  Re: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Arrested Entering His Own Home

                  Originally posted by Jack Slocombe
                  Ridiculous - similar to DWB
                  ...and SWB or WWB or a host of WBs....still a Black man in America as far as law enforcement is concerned.[/quote]

                  OK, what are DWB, SWB, WWB and all the other WBs?[/quote] Driving While Black, Sitting While Black, Walking While Black...the operative description While Black (WB).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ndamix
                    Who's to say Gates didn't have his ID @ the ready?


                    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32010985/ns ... ethnicity/

                    By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in.
                    "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" Gates said, according to a police report written by Sgt. James Crowley.
                    There are no strings on me

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                    • #11
                      Gates Tells His Side

                      You be the judge based on what the officer has said, and what the prof. says:

                      http://www.theroot.com/views/skip-gates-speaks

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by guru
                        Originally posted by ndamix
                        Who's to say Gates didn't have his ID @ the ready?


                        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32010985/ns ... ethnicity/

                        By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in.
                        "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" Gates said, according to a police report written by Sgt. James Crowley.
                        That's the police version. Gates has his version of what occurred:

                        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32010985/ns ... ethnicity/

                        "Gates said he turned over his driver's license and Harvard ID — both with his photos — and repeatedly asked for the name and badge number of the officer, who refused. He said he then followed the officer as he left his house onto his front porch, where he was handcuffed in front of other officers, Gates said in a statement released by his attorney, fellow Harvard scholar Charles Ogletree, on a Web site Gates oversees, TheRoot.com"

                        I'm not trying to getting in a **** match, but needless to say, it's a sad occurance that happens all to often to people of color (especially Black men) in this country.

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                        • #13
                          And as I said, the truth is somewhere in the middle. I doubt very seriously Gates all but offered those cops cookies and milk, which is the impression you get from his story, and been arrested for it.

                          As has been said, it's a shame for all involved there wasn;t a cruiser-cam to catch it on tape.
                          There are no strings on me

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by guru
                            And as I said, the truth is somewhere in the middle. I doubt very seriously Gates all but offered those cops cookies and milk, which is the impression you get from his story, and been arrested for it.

                            As has been said, it's a shame for all involved there wasn;t a cruiser-cam to catch it on tape.
                            Unless the police officer parked his cruiser on Gates' front porch, I'm afraid the cam wouldn't catch much.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ndamix
                              Unless the police officer parked his cruiser on Gates' front porch, I'm afraid the cam wouldn't catch much.
                              Uh, right. That was my point. :roll:
                              There are no strings on me

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