Henry Louis Gates Jr Arrested

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.

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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?

Source: AP

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10 Responses to Henry Louis Gates Jr Arrested

  1. Rev.R says:

    This is ridiculous…these cops need to see some serious punishment within the law.

  2. Jason says:

    I have HQ audio of the 911 call, Moderator, If you are interested

  3. pr0go says:

    Thanks Jason, since the story was picked up by most of the national media, I’ve left it alone. A review post will be going up soon!!

  4. jack says:

    why isn’t he in Africa studing the culture or perhaps he could study law . U S A law .Perhaps then he might find out he’s messin with…

  5. Linda Hardy says:

    I do not care what color you are…when the police ask for identification you better give it to them. Quit pulling the race card!

  6. bill says:

    I guess by all the comments that Mr. Gates is above the law. I guess if I get an extra degree or two that I can tell police officers “you don’t know who you’re messing with”, refuse to show ID, and accuse police officers of being racist. If I was at a buddies house and a cop showed up saying that there was a concern that someone was breaking in and my buddy responded with “you don’t know who you’re messing with” and “you’re a racist” I would be convinced at that point that my buddy was a complete idiot and would probably deserve to be punished to some degree. Because of this, the great professor who supposedly wants nothing more than equality between races has sparked a national race debate and has the women who made the 911 call fearful for her life. What’s hilarious is that if there actually was a break-in then she would be a hero. So whats the lesson from all of this??? Never call in a suspected burglary on a black man because you will be called a racist or will lose your active duty job as an officer if that person turns out to be above the law, as Mr. Gates clearly is.

  7. Bonni says:

    Sounds to me like no one played the race card until Prof Gates called it. Even the 911 caller did not refer to race until she was asked to describe the people she saw entering the house. Not once did she even refer to them as “black”, she said one looked “hispanic.” I applaud the neighbor, the 911 caller, and the Cambridge police department for making sure Prof Gates home was safe. I believe Prof Gates needs to get off his high and entitled horse and apologize for the 15 minutes of fame he chose to seek instead of cooperating with the police in showing idetification.

    • John says:

      True I agree, but I also don’t care what color you are … once you show your ID and police determined you are in your house, police has no place to tell you how you conduct yourself in your own home.
      And also I don’t care what color you are… you should NOT be arrested for no reason in your own home or anywhere.

      We all should expect from police a higher standard than what happened in this case.
      Police was suppose to applologize and leave the house of this man (regardless of his color).

  8. Peter says:

    Well lets see, an angry man because he is locked out of his home, embarrassed because he knows that caring neighbors are concerned for his property. Probably quite nervous, and understandably mad that the situation is fault risen. Police come to the aid of a citizen who has profiled the actions of a man (Possibly Breaking and) entering a home in a predominent nieghborhood and can’t keep her emotions under wraps so she has to tell someone that she is a witness. Obvious to her, it has to be a crime and nothing else, she calls an over worked, under staffed police force. Or, wait, Today police forces in over every city in the US employ three to four times the amount of police then ten years ago. Not that they are wrong in there efforts, but the decissions of Police Officers Today are not what they were fourty years ago, nor will they ever be. To be incarcerated causes fear for many reasons, and the act of becoming arrested, or leave it up to the judge to decide an officers interpretation of the law, frightens all. The answer to this dilemma, is I hope Prof. Gates can excuse himself from charges without penalties in an over zealous nation of corrections, men that can’t understand why certain situations and/or circumstances do not need to be acts of persecution to anyone (and I am not going there).

    Just can’t deal with an angry mob!

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