Henry Louis Gates Jr. : “1 Million Black Men In Jail In This Country… I Was One Of Them”

Interview with the Post

‘There are one million black men in jail in this country and last Thursday I was one of them,’ he said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post Tuesday morning. ‘This is outrageous and that this is how poor black men across the country are treated everyday in the criminal justice system. It’s one thing to write about it, but altogether another to experience it.’

He was still outraged but he said he has had time to take a step back and will now apply the scholarship that has been his life’s work to the issue of race in the criminal justice system.