So the AP picked up this story today. Apparently, THE famous black professor at Harvard, Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested and he is calling his arrest an act of racism. I say ‘THE’ because Harvard promotes him like he’s the only black professor there worthy of mention:
Henry Louis Gates Jr., the nation’s pre-eminent black scholar, is accusing Cambridge police of racism after he was arrested while trying to force open the locked front door of his home near Harvard University. Cambridge police were called to the home Thursday afternoon after a woman reported seeing a man “wedging his shoulder into the front door as to pry the door open,” according to a police report.
An officer ordered the man to identify himself, and Gates refused, according to the report. Gates began calling the officer a racist and said repeatedly, “This is what happens to black men in America.”
Officers said they tried to calm down the 58-year-old academic, who responded, “You don’t know who you’re messing with,” according to the police report.
Gates was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after police said he “exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior.” He was released later that day on his own recognizance and arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 26.
Gates referred comment to his lawyer, fellow Harvard scholar CharlesOgletree, who was not immediately available. Cambridge police declined to comment, and the Middlesex district attorney’s office said it could not do so until after Gates’ arraignment. The woman who reported Gates did not return a message Monday.
Apparently alot of Gates’ black colleagues are mad, and say this is a trend.
This story is rather bizarre. I guess the Black Faculty at Harvard are going to go crazy about this. And you don’t want to get smart, educated black people mad. Then you can’t ignore us. Gates was right: “You don’t know who you’re messing with”. I wouldn’t want to be the lady who made the phone call nor the arresting officer. Someone is about to get desk duty.
“Gates is the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and served for 15 years as chairman of what is now the Department of African and African American Research. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1991 and holds one of 20 prestigious “university professors” positions at the school.”
I’m going to play devil’s advocate here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened at UVa to one of our own faculty members. I’m not saying it’s likely, just that not much at UVa surprises me anymore. Thoughts?