Dr. Henry Louis Gates: Interviewed Discussing Racial Profiling
Last week, after returning home from an overseas trip to China, world renowned African American Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, was arrested in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Cambridge police who were investigating a possible case of breaking and entering at Dr. Gates' home. He was arrested on the porch of his home and charged with disorderly conduct. Charges have since been dropped.
Upon arriving at his home, unable to enter by the front door, which was jammed, Dr. Gates, using a key, entered the residence through the back door. He rejoined the driver, also a Black male, at the front door. The two were successful in forcing the door open.
Dr. Gates' home is owned by Harvard University, who would be responsible for repairing the lock damaged when he and the driver forced the door. Dr. Gates was on the phone reporting the broken lock when an officer arrived.
Two accounts of the night's events have emerged since the story of the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates has made news in recent days, which has been characterized by many as a need for re-assessing the perception that with the election of President Barack Obama, all of the complex issues involving race have some how been eradicated, a concept that had previously been dismissed by Dr. Gates.
This article contains an interview with Dr. Gates and a synopsis of the events, provided by Dr. Gates' attorney, Charles Ogletree, that occurred on the night of the arrest.
Click here to read the interview conducted by Dayo Olopade of TheRoot.com.
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