Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"This isn't anything new"

Here is a reflection on Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s controversial arrest from within academe.

1 comment:

  1. I tend to be skeptical when events are labeled "racial incidents." It is a label that can be applied in a premature or hasty way that impairs others' objective understanding and judgement of a case. I do not know all of the facts here, but I do think James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal raises a larger point worth honest consideration (

    "Whether or not it is true in 2009 that “this is what happens to black men in America,” it must be an awful burden to be a black man in America and believe that it is true. Gates and his supporters might consider whether their actions in this matter help ease or compound this burden for younger black males who are still forming their ideas of what it is to be a black man in America."