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Looks like a robber, right?The very serene and affable Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested Thursday after a lady called the cops in the middle of the day, reporting that she saw a man apparently trying to break into a nearby house.

Put yourself in the shoes of this lady caller: you see a small, middle-aged, polo shirted and bespectacled black man who walks with a cane, and he just saunters up to the door of a nice Cambridge house like he owns the place and attempts to force the door open. Obviously this is cause for alarm!

Sure, he’s not carrying a crowbar or wearing a facemask or doing any of those other “robber things,” but he’s pretty clearly up to no good, as evidenced by his “wedging his shoulder into the front door as to pry the door open.” (Legitimate Cantabridgian homeowners have “magic keys,” you see, that prevent their 200-year-old wooden doors from ever sticking in their frames in humid summer weather.)

By the time a police sergeant arrived to investigate, another police officer was already talking with Professor Gates. And that’s when things got CRAZY.

According to the police report, the professor got all shouty and outraged at being asked to present ID. Eventually they arrested him for being so shouty, in the middle of the day, in his house that he lives in. And now everybody’s up in arms about racism, even though that ended because Barack Obama is the president.

Renowned Af-Am Professor Gates Arrested for Disorderly Conduct [Harvard Crimson]
Police Report (PDF)

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  • OzoneTom

    It’s “Amos & Andrew” all over again. At least he’s getting to meet his neighbors!

  • kernelPanic

    The lady who called the cops is actually affiliated with Harvard as well. Oops.

  • Extemporanus

    Apparently, there are some doors affirmative action just won’t open.

  • chascates

    Just like in the movie The Watermelon Man. When Godfrey Cambridge’s character is racing for the bus he’s accused of “stealing something”. The policemen assume that, since a black man is running, he must have stolen something.

  • DangerousLiberal

    My advice: Don’t hire Ward Churchill’s lawyer.

  • taylormattd

    My understanding is that he stole the house from white firefighters, using affirmative action.

  • rambone

    I say! It seems that they get more uppity every day!

  • Dave J.

    Cops these days are authority-crazed anger bears who flip the fuck out the second somebody does not comply with one of their absurd demands. I’ve seen a number of people arrested at protests and whatnot here in Portland because a cop told them to do something for no real reason, and they dared question the reasoning behind the request.

  • President Beeblebrox

    “Disorderly conduct” is at the bottom of the criminal statute barrel along with “offensive touching” and “maintaining a disorderly house.” It’s a bullshit charge that a pissed-off cop can throw at pretty much anyone he wants to if there’s anything remotely resembling a raised voice.

    What’s that you say, Jeeves? A Negro is trying to enter that house? Notify the constabulatory at once!

  • DangerousLiberal

    Also, “loud and tumultuous behavior?” Is John Winthrop’s great-great-great-etc.-grandson now a beat cop in Cambridge? Some city on a hill.

  • iantenna

    this is the second most racist thing ever to happen at harvard, right behind soul man.

  • ManchuCandidate

    My god. A black man who owns his own house and has a PhD. What the hell is the world coming to?

    Seriously, nothing worse than a paranoid scared white lady. I once got pulled over by the cops in my own neighborhood because of a paranoid white lady who thought I was a Chinese gangster (I was driving to work.)

  • Tommmcatt

    Police Officer: Stop right there! Who are you?
    Gates: I’m Henry Louis Gates Jr., serene and affable Harvard scholar. I live here.
    Police Officer: Keep your hands where I can see them!
    Gates: I’m, like, seventy years old. I walk with a cane.
    Police Officer: Sure you are. Let’s see some ID.
    Gates: This is a Brooks Brothers suit! I’ve lived here for 20 years!
    Police Officer: Well, aren’t YOU shouty! Downtown with you, boy!

    Racist Fucktards.

  • Servo

    Three doors down, rich, white teenagers are raiding the home of the vacationing Underhills.

  • Buzz Feedback

    All those black guys look alike.

  • Cookie Guggelman

    Trying to get into his own house? Silly negro!

  • SayItWithWookies

    A black man has no right to refuse a demand for ID in his own home in Massachusetts. Massacusetts has universal health care. Coincidence? Wake up, people! Universal healtchcare is racist!

  • HoboNutz

    was he the one who carved that backwards “B” on that nice little white girl?

  • MGBYG

    [re=366533]Dave J.[/re]: I was hand-cuffed for replying to some outrageous crap from an white cop with an aghast “Dude!?!”

    In my wife’s car, with a girly clutch, I stalled AT a stop sign, restarted and rolled on…he, of course, treated that roll as if I just manslaughtered a whole bus of orphans. How he saw it all while finishing the paperwork from his last victim, all while parked behind the bushes, I never had the chance to ask…but one “hey, wait a second” and out of the car you go.

    What happened to the search and seizure clauses? Brownshirts in facism, er fashion, again?

  • Bearbloke

    In America, I understand one can sue someone else to death over such malicious nonsense, no?

  • CollegeStudent

    Umm, what kind of African-American Studies teacher can this guy be, if he doesn’t know to break in to a house through the backdoor?
    Ahh, the sorry state of America’s private universities…

  • Dave J.

    [re=366538]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Your “I Heart Triad” bumper sticker didn’t help matters, truth be told.

  • El Pinche
  • President Beeblebrox

    Somehow this will all end up being Obama’s fault.

    The police report is actually pretty funny, in the way that reports written by semi-literate cops are funny. Gates was pissed off at the cop for asking him why the hell a black man was in his own house and was yelling at him. The cop asks him to take it outside because “the acoustics of the kitchen and foyer were making it difficult for me to transmit pertinent information to [dispatch] or other responding units.” Gates replies “Ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside.”

    Now, which is correct? Did the very distinguished Henry Louis Gates, Jr. really try to play the dozens on Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge PD, or did the said Sgt. Crowley think he heard that since, of course, all black guys are into “yo’ mama” retorts?

  • V572625694

    [re=366533]Dave J.[/re]: Heard about Francine Busby? Cops do the same things to whites (when there are known Lesbians present):

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/24709.html

    Go to the link! See the face of a terrorist!

  • WIDTAP

    [re=366543]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Well, not in the foyer. In the pantry, anything goes.

  • CollegeStudent

    AND–Gate allegedly replied, “ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside.”

    …This guy is the whitest African American Studies professor. Ever.

  • SethCReedermeyer

    Extemporanus: Very nice.

  • Dave J.

    I think it was Gates’ suggestion that the responding officer’s mama is so fat she needs her own ZIP CODE that was the final straw.

  • mephistopheles jefferson

    Anybody but me think that Gates’s decor is fairly Afrocentric? Do you think the cop’s highly trained detective skills noticed any photos of black people all over the house? I guess when you’re homed in on a 5’11” black suspect in a possible B&E, you get kinda tunnel-visioned.

  • Servo

    [re=366553]President Beeblebrox[/re]:
    dispatch or other responding units = mama

  • I-man

    I am surprised that you guys failed to see the upside of this cops subtle racist actions. He will get suspended with pay, in other words a paid vacation during summer. When taken in this light this utterly ridiculous incident may appear racially motivated but it is just the actions of one extremely smart cop that is after a paid vacation. To paraphrase Downey: “I am the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude.” Just substitute racist and you get the clusterfuck of hilarity that this episode produced. Hell, we even have the classic “Do you know who I am” line.

  • catdance

    [re=366533]Dave J.[/re]: Cops these days are authority-crazed anger bears who flip the fuck out the second somebody does not comply with one of their absurd demands.

    I think some of it is that many police departments are sending their cops to Blackwater (or whatever the hell they’ve changed their name to) for training. We’re trying to get our town government to put a stop the practice here, because we don’t need a bunch of frigging mercenaries running riot on whoever they don’t like the looks of.

  • WhatTheHeck

    Well, all I can say is Henry Louis Gates Jr. is just one lucky dude.
    Had he gesticulated with his walking stick, then it would have been, “Your Honor, this intimidating black man pointed a weapon at us and we feared for our lives and had no alternative but to defend ourselves by emptying both our 15 round 9mm clips.”

    The end.

  • CrunchyKnee

    What he fuck, man!?!?!?!? Don’t the cops have tasers in Cambridge. Trying to break into your own house? That’s a taserin’.

  • finallyhappy

    If it was PG county, MD- they would have killed his dogs and made him sit there handcuffed for three hours surrounded by his dead pets bloody bodies.

  • I-man

    Apparently this RACIST COP didn’t want to waste good wattage on an uppity negro. What? are watts not good enough for a black skin? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCBcOQkUNjI

  • I-man

    [re=366569]finallyhappy[/re]: Well only reverse racism is practiced in P.G. county.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=366558]Dave J.[/re]: Gates: “Take note. Your mother is afflicted with such a severely diminished capacity for logical reasoning and comprehension that she is of the embarrassingly misguided impression that The Signifying Monkey—my award-winning scholarly analysis of black cultural aesthetics—is a children’s book about Koko the gorilla. Ah…snap. Ahem.”

  • Jukesgrrl

    Cambridge PhD … Cambridge PD … what a difference that “h” makes.

    [re=366566]WhatTheHeck[/re]: Yeah, how did they know that wasn’t one of those James Bond canes that shoots out a knife dripping with killer drugs?

  • President Beeblebrox

    [re=366570]I-man[/re]: That video never fails to creep me out. Both the cops and Andrew Meyer were assholes. The cops should have let Meyer finish his question like Kerry wanted him to, and Meyer was screaming and dancing around like a fucking weirdo. But ultimately I blame the cops for escalating the situation, like the student who got tased at the UCLA library because he didn’t have his student ID on him. From the video of that incident, the cops were ready to start attacking everyone who gathered to watch the them tasing the guy.

  • Uncle Bubba

    I saw the whole thing. I was sitting in the clouds above JR Gates house, in a formation that resembled the pick-nic that I reported during the presidential election, you know, the one where John McGoo was eating hot dogs with a bunch of old church ladies and one of the follow them reporters asked McGoo if he was really only 5’7″ tall and he went damn doll ballistic, spitin big chunks of tube steak and waving his arms so fast that the frequency started humming words that only the old ladies could understand and they started interpreting like he was speaking in tongue cause he was you know cause the bits and pieces of hot dog were pieces of lips and butts of cows and that’s kind of speaking in tongue well anyway that’s the same thing I saw above JR Gates house…how would I know his name if this weren’t true???

  • Extemporanus

    [re=366570]I-man[/re]: I believe the formulation of your question may be backwards:

    Is black skin not good enough for Watts?

  • Paco

    Lucia Whelan (scared white lady who called the cops) just guaranteed her spot next to Sarah Palin on the Victory Tour of the Pro-American Parts of America 2012.

  • OReillysVibrator

    If you thought Giuliani taunted liberal Massachusetts in 2008, wait til he mocks their police for letting this guy go without putting a few dozen bullets in him.

  • hillarys_left_nut

    [re=366549]Bearbloke[/re]: I don’t know about america, but you sure as fuck can in Cambridge MA!

  • WhatTheHeck

    [re=366568]CrunchyKnee[/re]: I think Henry Louis Gates Jr. shouted repeatedly, “Don’t Taze, bro.”

  • azw88

    Disorderly conduct on his OWN property! Imagine if he had been on the sidewalk when he yelled at the cops! *cue theme from SWAT*

  • hillarys_left_nut

    [re=366530]DangerousLiberal[/re]: yeah, David Lane merely got a Denver jury to find that serial plagiarist Ward Churchill got his lying resume-padding research making-up ass fired for exercising his First Amendment rights, one of the greatest upsets in Colorado trial court history, (before the trial judge undid it on specious and sure-to-be reversed grounds), wouldn’t want to hire THAT guy…or did I miss some don’t-throw-me-in-the-briar-patch sarcasm here?

  • honkyman

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Harvard Sucks. At other Ivy schools, for example the University of Pennsylvania, they just discreetly pepper-spray their Professors of Color when they get uppity.

  • Mahousu

    [re=366569]finallyhappy[/re]: Nah, in PG County, only mayors get that sort of royal treatment. Gates, they would have shot, figuring he was trying to deliver furniture or something.

  • fuckinredneck

    Also he failed to produce his birth certificate. WHAR IS IT

  • S.Luggo

    I like to be in America!
    O.K. by me in America!

    If only Gates could have been a P.R., this contretemps would have been avoided with just a little ‘splain’ to do.

    Keep your Nueva York condo, Sonia. Jeff Sessions is watching you.

  • daMamma

    Busybody neighbor noticed enough of her own neighborhood to see a black man entering a house, but never bothered to actually find out who her neighbors are? What an idiot. The cops weren’t too bright either.

  • Paul Tardy

    Pry open the front door? In Martha’s Vineyard no less. ROFL.

    Gates couldn’t get the lock open, huh. Too much WEB Du Bois and not enough Booker T Washington in my view.

  • Red Zeppelin

    I guess those cops don’t watch PBS much.

  • AxmxZ

    [re=366535]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Fun fact: Stephen Fry, who played the best Jeeves ever, was a thief in his youth.

  • Mr Blifil

    That’s nice Professor Gates. Now go and get your shine box.

  • magic titty

    [re=366528]Extemporanus[/re]: hot damn that was good.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Perhaps you people could show a little more respect for the adjectives in the English language & stop it with all the redundancies. Racist cop, angerbear cop, pissed-off cop, semi-literate cop, c’mon people!

  • ziggybutterfly

    this happened to me, was cuffed and detained in front of my condo’s building. some cops accused me of trespassing and ordered me to stop. when I tried to explain I lived there, they threw me in the slammer and locked me up overnight.

    okay, yes I was drunk at the time. and walking home from the bar next to my building. and yes, I had just told the bouncer to go f himself. so I guess it wasn’t racism.

  • Oldskool

    Dooring While Black. Happens every day.

  • Cherry Garcia

    [re=366596]S.Luggo[/re]: During my first (and so far only) visit to Maine, I was pulled over by a state trooper while driving somewhere around Kennebunkport if I recall. When I asked the officer in perfect unaccented English what I had done, he literally started “ah-ing” and “um-ing”. Finally, he says, “you were driving with your brights on.” I calmly reply that this was a rental car and I didn’t even KNOW how to turn the brights(which weren’t on)on . He then reaches into the car -which I didn’t think they were supposed to do – with me sitting there and starts pulling and pushing buttons, and HE can’t figure out how to turn the brights on. Finally, with absolutely nothing else to say, he tells me “well just watch it” and waves me on. Ah, New England, the South of the North

  • Maus

    [re=366564]I-man[/re]: “Hell, we even have the classic “Do you know who I am” line.”

    True, but didn’t he also show the cop his license and university ID? I’d probably also say “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM” in some iteration if he didn’t look at the address located on my license.

  • showmeonthedoll

    To quote the brilliant Dave Chappelle: “Apparently this n—– broke in and hung up pictures of his family everywhere.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7F50Cd8LME

  • gjdodger

    [re=366584]WhatTheHeck[/re]: Nah, he shouted, “Do not discharge your electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles on my person, dear sir.”

  • S.Luggo

    [re=366600]Red Zeppelin[/re]: Except for the sports/

    [re=366595]fuckinredneck[/re]: Also, Gates has severe limp and must use a cane. The neighbor probably thought this was just another one of those crip/gimp home invasions, so common on the island. Nothing racist about it. libtard media. The physically disabled are so damned crafty. They always try to break in thru the front door.

  • a4phantom

    [re=366538]ManchuCandidate[/re]: I apologize, that was my great aunt.

  • oldguy

    [re=366543]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Then why are the Reptards opposing it?

  • oldguy

    Gees – that picture of Gates. He’s staring right into my house. He’s going to send the National SOCIALISTS to take it away from me.

  • donner_froh

    What are the chances of a Harvard prof–or anyone who lives in Cambridge–having the nickname “Skip” and not being a white guy?

  • kipperthegod

    Anyone who has ever had an encounter with peace officers in any nation other than Canada and most of Western Europe (do not get pulled over in Spain, trust me) will attest that said officers there do not even try to pretend to be anything other than revenue enhancement agents and/or the goon squad out for some fun. Perhaps we are just catching up with the rest of the world. At least they still try to pretend in Boston. Also. Candidate Palin just around the corner with the issue summed up: our US paramilitary, working to protect our freedoms.

  • OzoneTom

    [re=366537]iantenna[/re]: I LIKED “Soul Man”
    [re=366573]Extemporanus[/re]: “I am a thorn in the side of the white man!”

  • dennymcden

    *facepalm*

  • A Better American Than YOU

    We are organizing a bus caravan of community organizers to go to Massachusetts from Alabama. Since they never, ever had any racial problems themselves, they did lots of that to help the poor, benighted South during the Civil Rights days. It’s the least we can do to return the favor.

  • Prof. Junk

    [re=366528]Extemporanus[/re]: WIN.

  • Voyou Charmant

    That guy is hilarious on The Daily Show.

  • Autochthon

    [re=366623]A Better American Than YOU[/re]: HEAR, HEAR!

  • S.Luggo

    Hypothetical:
    Although Gates is not lawyer or a judge, let’s suppose he was nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court (once Satan calls his most loyal and valued servant, Scalia, home.)
    Q: Would any of the Repugs on the Senate Judiciary Committee have the testicular fortitude to ask if Gates’ arrest might inform his opinion in a racial discrimination case?
    A: You‘re shitting me.
    Senator Kyl: Why do you hate old white women?
    Senator Cornyn: How much do you hate old white women?
    Senator Corburn: Was she pro-life? ‘Splain.
    Senator Sessions: Suppose she was a white fire fighter. Suppose you were a low life Puerto Rican. Result?
    Senator Graham: Explain your hatred for America. BTW, you have lovely, lovely eyes.

  • GetItWrong

    Bravo to Gates for making lemonade out of lemons and doing some impromptu research on applied signifying. Actual quote from his book:

    “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?” The proper response to this question is, “Your mama.” It is difficult to explain why this response is so funny…

  • lawrenceofthedesert

    [re=366558]Dave J.[/re]: It was the other way around. Gates decided to complain after the cop alleged that Gates’ mother was so fat, when she wore her Malcolm X T-shirt, helicopters tried to land on her.

  • lochnessmonster

    [re=366553]President Beeblebrox[/re]: This is clearly all Bill Clinton’s fault. How could it be anyone else’s???

  • orange

    [re=366595]fuckinredneck[/re]: I wondered the same thing.

  • Tommmcatt

    [re=366599]Paul Tardy[/re]:

    I just don’t get you at all. You make me hostile and bored at the same time, somehow, like Justin Timberlake or anything written by Charles Krauthammer.

  • DangerousLiberal

    [re=366587]hillarys_left_nut[/re]: You missed some sort of sarcasm here, word. W.C. got pwned both because his Authentic Fake Indian Blanket Jacket ™ was more authentically Native than this plagiarist liar, and because his lawyer was for shit. But a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it, also.

  • imissopus

    [re=366580]OReillysVibrator[/re]: Yeah, or sodomized multiple times with a nightstick.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    In defense of the cops, he was black.

  • imissopus

    God I miss Boston. The face-numbing cold, the casual and not-so-casual racism…

    Thank God I live in California now, where we’re more focused on hating the gays and the Hispanics.

  • chascates

    I hope Obama says something about this rather than waiting until Gates dies and then praising him as a great American.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=366617]oldguy[/re]: You don’t understand — the Republicans (who, although they don’t brag about it, happen to be the party of Lincoln) are the real egalitarians. They represent such oppressed minorities as Alberto Gonzales, Clarence Thomas and Sarah Palin. These people were all oppressed by the lowered expectations of the liberal worldview, which conspired to keep them on a soft cushion of privilege, thereby preventing them from rising above their own limitations.

    And yet these objects of the soft bigotry of low expectations managed to survive — nay, transcend — the terrible limitations imposed on them by a coddling ruling class. They rose to greatness despite being stigmatized as members of an activist-justice-declared protected minority. As a committment to their struggle, they have vowed, now that they are in power, to dismantle the entire framework of the Socialist system that has kept the overachieving white male down for so long.

    So there, sir, is my humble attempt to set history straight — and to explain why it’s really the Republicans who, to this day, fight against the racism inherent in our liberal elite fascist system. I only hope — for the sake of free peoples everywhere (wipes away tear) — that they succeed.

  • Q2

    They probably both acted like assholes…and neither is too proud of the result.

  • HuddledMass

    [re=366598]daMamma[/re]: Wait, was this in Cambridge or on the Vineyard? I used to live two doors down from Henry Louise Gates on Francis Ave. in Cambridge — everyone on that street was super-famous (except me) and everyone knew each other. White lady musta been off her meds.

  • Scooter

    I’m actually in favor of Harvard intellectuals being arrested. I’d start with the ones who gave Dubya a MBA.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=366652]Q2[/re]: We are all guilty.
    E.g.:
    The Jews and the Nazis.
    The Southern slaves and the slaveholders.
    Those in Darfur and the Sudanese government.

    The fallacy of moral equivalence.

  • EricCantor4Prez

    It still could be he was trying to break in to the house, until we have heard the police story we can not know, otherwise its just jumping to conclusions.

    I have, noticed that, on sites, like this you often do not get the POLICE story, without it its just one side of the story.

  • Pirate King of the Jews

    “Your Honor, this intimidating black man pointed a weapon at us and we feared for our lives and had no alternative but to defend ourselves by emptying both our 15 round 9mm clips.”
    and sodomize him with our baton, don’t forget the sodomizing

  • Pickle

    [re=366661]EricCantor4Prez[/re]: I have, noticed that, on sites, like this, some people, fail basic, reading comprehension.

    The POLICE report is linked above. Try to keep up, ‘k?

  • fuckinredneck

    [re=366613]S.Luggo[/re]: I have seen this man crip walk. It’s extra cool when he air-writes “BLOODS” on the sidewalk and then erases it.

    Also the reason Harvard campus cops didn’t buy his excuse for B&E is cuz they don’t have a jive-to-english interpreter, also.

  • Quasi

    So nowadays “loud and tumultuous behavior” is actionable?

    Good!

    My neighbor’s kids are about to have a visit with Mr. Booking Sargent.

  • commiegirl

    [re=366661]EricCantor4Prez[/re]: You, sir, are the BEST. Speaking as a girl who loves her bacon (that uniform! that nightstick! that sweet protruding forehead!), I too am left wondering why — WHY — we all are jumping to conclusions that just because it was the famous black Harvard professor’s own house it couldn’t also have been the case that he was a gangsta perpetrating a b and e on his own house.

    Completely seriously, when my schoolteacher mom got her then-57-year-old-ass kicked by a crabby cop because she didn’t show enough deference, all her friends and acquaintances in LA (where we live), home to Rodney King, wondered just what it was she’d done to deserve it. All her friends in NYC, home to Diallo, jumped immediately to the (correct) conclusion that the officer was a piece of shit, that it is not in fact against the law to be less than kiss-ass with a cop, and that she was about to come into some sweet, sweet cash.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=366661]EricCantor4Prez[/re]: Learn to use commas. Hint: they perform a function in sentences, they are not placeholders for you while you gather your thought. Also, perhaps you noticed other contributors’ (often successful) attempts to make us readers laugh. If you can’t bring the funny you’re welcome to read but not participate, though your user name does bring a hearty chuckle. Maybe you should just post w/o commenting?

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=366573]Extemporanus[/re]: You have made my night, and possibly the next day. Thank you.

  • wildturtlelove

    [re=366608]Cherry Garcia[/re]: Are you really David Brooks? Was an inner thigh in any way connected to the pushing and pulling?

  • mmmmms

    Grrr, save your real irrelevant “f- the man” cop stories for DKos, all of you. This is a sacred place for insightful snark and frippery.

  • artbot2000

    Remember when Hz b’Allah truck-bombed the marine hotel in Beirut and various Proud Americans were heard to say that this kind of crap would NEVER have happened if Ronald Reagan was President, except he was?

    I mean, Skip Gates?

    This is a joke, right?

  • S.Luggo

    [re=366664]fuckinredneck[/re]: — I have seen this man crip walk.extra cool when he air-writes “BLOODS” on the sidewalk and then erases it. —
    Actually, Gates writes, “Crips.”

    The offays in the Cambridge environs feel particularly threatened when Gates, in J. Crew attire, bum hip and Docksiders, does his pimp stroll, raising his cane three inches onto the curb to steady himself.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=366588]honkyman[/re]: Hard-vard sucks?

    Bush attended Harvard Business School in an era when all that you needed to get in was to be ’well-connected’. No women, dagos, or darkies need apply. See link below.
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×866700
    “Bush [at HBS] is not as dumb as his detractors allege. ‘He was just badly brought up, with no discipline, and no compassion‘”
    Glad GBW got over that. Joke.

  • BMK

    [re=366528]Extemporanus[/re]: Win dammit, if ever I saw one.

  • a4phantom

    Honky grandma be wakin’ up with a B in her cheek. Not even backwards, cause this guy’s a professor at Harvard.

  • gurukalehuru

    Black + Harvard = Elitist
    [re=366661]EricCantor4Prez[/re]: = retard

  • LoweredPeninsula

    Silly nergo, don’t you know that you’re not supposed to try and get into your house if the door’s jammed until after dusk?

    I don’t know about the rest of you minorities, but as a black person, I can never have a bad day in public among white people. It’s just something you don’t do.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=366669]hobospacejunkie[/re]: [re=366661]EricCantor4Prez[/re]: Ain’t comma a bitch?

  • Aquannissiwamissoo

    Affirmative action means saying yes to whatever a white cop says. Black professors keep getting confused about this.

  • x111e7thst

    [re=366620]kipperthegod[/re]: My friend Thang punched out a traffic cop who was writing him a parking ticket. This happened in Hoian. By the time the cop got back up a small crowd had gathered and was starting to throw crap at him, so he ran away. It was hysterical – a moment I will always cherish.

  • Aquannissiwamissoo

    Please, no sentences starting with “Completely seriously,” — unless they’re completely not.

  • MAL

    This happens in Madison, Wisconsin [stories for another time] and Cambridge. Is it so difficult for some to believe that racism is alive and well.

  • drpangloss

    Man that cop is so screwed. What a dumbass. I can imagine Cambridge PD chief saying something to this effect. “For the love of fuck, will someone please tell me the reasoning for the cop to arrest this guy in his own house please.”

  • PlanetWingnuta

    EricCantor4Prez: PWND TO THE ,

  • PlanetWingnuta

    By the way can the professor sue the lady who called the cops on him..because if he can oooooooooooooooooooooo someone should own two houses.

  • stanpan

    That sinister-looking prof should have stopped as soon as he saw the door was jammed, called a white firefighter to come force it open, and then just chilled and turned that frown upside down, for Pete’s sake.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=366640]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: Win.

  • WIDTAP

    Tumultuous Behavior is the new “uppity”.

  • smitallica

    Personally, I’m glad they finally nailed this so-called “distinguished professor.” Now somebody just needs to jail that “incredibly brilliant and eloquent” (read: uppity) gap-toofed Cornell West (if that is even his real name), and Harvard will finally be safe for rich white people again. And Asians. Also.

  • Local Moran
  • Scandalabra

    If “tumultuous behavior” had been a felony during my years in the Haight, I would still be doing time in Folsom.

  • VOR

    I think this issue is about two things: Alienation and entitlement.

    Dr. Gates didn’t know his neighbors, and they didn’t know him. This is clearly demonstrated by the call to the police. Had his neighbor recognized him, she may very well come to his aid. She was, after all, motivated enough by altruism to request that the police investigate a suspected burglary. If he had given her his spare key, or had a spare with a friend, he could have used his cell phone or borrowed her phone. Worst case scenario, they could have passed the time waiting for the locksmith by amusing each other. I’m sure a Harvard professor has a lot of interesting stories and quips.

    So, why did this homeowner break his own door down?
    That’s far more expensive than waiting for a locksmith or any of the options I’ve presented above. And, in fact, has caused everyone much embarrassment. Much more so than if Dr. Gates had enough humility to approach one of his unknown neighbors and request assistance. It seems to have been an aggressive and impulsive act; Dr. Gates appears to have lost his cool long before the officer arrived.

    “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”
    He further demonstrated his sense of entitlement by berating a public servant, Officer Crowley. This man arrives to a house with the door broken in, and seizing his duty attempts to investigate a situation which often ends in violence and death. The Officer only wants to see the good Doctor’s ID to stop the investigation. This is reasonable and prudent. One man has broken into a house- if it’s his own house no crime has been committed. This man, a black professor, feels he is above a mere police officer. He is entitled NOT to comply.

    Do we want to set this as a precedent?
    Strange men can break into houses and act haughty and we’ll just let them carry on?
    No further investigation, no proof of identity. You’re well-dressed so you must live in this nice neighborhood. Further, you’re black and I’m white, and anything I do may be construed as racist by Wonkette and her loyal readers and half of America. No need to do my job, sir. You’ve played the race card.

    Officer Crowley was very kind to Doctor Gates. He did not use force on an obviously incensed and irrational man. You’re reading a lot into this event. You’re also spinning it rather unfairly. And the spin shows your own bias.

    What matters to you is the race of the men, not what they did.
    What matters to you is the education level of the men, not how they used it.
    What matters to you is how they were dressed, not the dignity they possess.
    Madam, you are a bigot.

    “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?”
    We are created equal, and as citizens we should all be held to the same standard. Who you are should not give you privilege. It’s quite amusing to think that if Dr. Gates had produced ID demonstrating to the officer who he was, the rhetorical question, arrest, and beer with the president all could have been avoided. And, I wouldn’t think that a black professor of Black Studies at Harvard was a start raving racist. But, his actions have educated me. I won’t, however, hold that against any other black professors of black studies or female professors of women studies. After all, that would be profiling. It is, however, still funnier to note that the “racist” cop was the one helping the morally pure handicapped black professor down the stairs. The black President couldn’t be bothered. After all, don’t you know who he is?

    Oh, and you were rather prejudiced toward the physically challenged. Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they can’t be criminals, too!

    Cinterretha Curtis
    http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/strange/offbeat_wala_mobile_robbery_getaway_foiled_by_fence_200910151310_2964026

    This has been The Voice of Reason.

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