Apparently police, responding to a report of breaking and entering in the affluent Cambridge neighborhood, arrested Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates, the pre-eminent black scholar in America. Turns out Gates put his shoulder to his front door, which was stuck, and was seen by a white woman who then called the cops.
As Gawker puts it:
Oh, and the white lady who called the cops on him, Lucia Whalen? She's a fundraiser for Harvard Magazine.
Between this and the recent incident at the Philly pool, it's enough to make you wonder how far we still have to go. I mean, in an era of the first black president, the struggle for racial justice is hardly over.
- TheRoot.com's Editor-in-Chief Arrested
- Statement from Charles Ogletree, Gates' attorney
- Huffington Post coverage