Remember how we totally solved racism that one time?
Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is accusing a Massachusetts police department of racism after being arrested while trying to get into his locked home near Harvard University.
Police say they were called to the home Thursday afternoon after a woman reported seeing a man try to pry open the front door.
They say that they ordered the man to identify himself and that Gates refused. According to a police report, Gates then called the officer a racist and said, ‘This is what happens to black men in America.’
UPDATE: I read the story from the Boston Globe and it doesn’t sound any better for the cops. How the heck do you think someone is supposed to react when they make you out to be the bad guy when you’re in your own home? Perhaps if too many cops out there stopped always assuming that the black person was the perpetrator…