During last night's Presidential news conference, the President was asked to weigh in on the controversy that has been ignited following the wrongful arrest of Henry Louis Gates, renowned scholar and head of the African American Studies department at Harvard university.
For those of you who weren't aware, the Cambridge police were called to Mr. Gates’s house after a report of a robbery in progress. Mr. Gates, saying he was jimmying open a damaged front door, said he told the police he lived in the house. Still, the police report said he was arrested for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space.” He was held in police custody for four hours, after which disorderly conduct charges against him were dropped. Mr. Gates said he was the victim of racial profiling and has demanded an apology but the police officer involved has said he has nothing to apologize for.
Thank you, Mr. Gates. Fuck you, Cambridge Police Department.
Let's leave aside the fact that the man was arrested in his own home(!?), how sad is it that there can be a black man in the White House and that this sort of foolishness can still happen? Dang. It is awesome to be black, y'all. But sometimes? It's terribly inconvenient.