Post-Racial Society in Massachusetts

Topics: Police, Law enforcement agency, Henry Louis Gates Pages: 3 (742 words) Published: September 13, 2011
my article

1: why was this african american arrsted for?
2: did he get a chance to explain himself?
3: how did the officers treat him when being arested?
4: What country was this located at?
question for class
1: was he areeted for the right reason?

Carol Rose
Racial profiling is alive and well
[pic](APPhoto/Demotix Images, B. Carter) In this photo taken by a neighbor, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is arrested at his home in Cambridge. By Carol Rose
THE ARREST of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. after he was confronted by police while trying to open the front door to his home is the latest reminder that racism is alive and well even in the most wealthy and progressive enclaves of Massachusetts. Although the criminal charges against Gates were dropped yesterday, the incident is the latest clue - for those who need one - that we’re a long way from being a “post-racial’’ society in Massachusetts.

Gates was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after a passerby called the Cambridge police to report a man “wedging his shoulder into the front door as to pry the door open,’’ according to a police report. A review of the police report suggests that the police officer arrested Gates not because he mistook Gates for a robber but because Gates condemned the behavior of the officer as racist. His offending remark reportedly was, “This is what happens to black men in America.’’ That’s not disorderly conduct; that’s speaking truth to power - which still isn’t a crime in America. The incident also flies in the face of emerging views in the United States - and in Massachusetts - that we are living in a post-racial society, that race no longer matters, as evidenced by the fact that we have elected an African-American president and governor. But this and similar incidents that take place every day illustrate that we are far from being a post-racial society. Targeting black men as “suspicious’’ has long been a problem in...
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