Mon 20 Jul 2009
From @nprnews: Harvard Prof Arrested; Gates Tried To Get Into Own House http://bit.ly/odLVZ
This interesting story just came through in my NPR tweets. In particular, interesting because the arrest report is for disorderly conduct, not breaking and entering (which, I’d think, would be when the racial profiling would occur). So is this story about the arrest or the profiling (which, only indirectly, had to do with the arrest)? But then, what constitutes disorderly conduct?
Of course, every story has two sides and the arrest report only shows one. Black people never know when the white officer driving by is going to profile them (the cynics would argue they do); white officers never know when the black person they’re arresting is going to accuse them of racism (the cynics would argue they do as well) . Sadly, both parties are in no-win situations — a sad fact of race relations in this country. I’ve got to be pragmatic about issues like this because its impossible to address everyone’s in/sensitivities toward culture. In such famous words: can’t we all just get along?
Nonetheless, I was intrigued by this particular comment on a response by a writer at the Atlantic: http://is.gd/1FFA4