Offered as a public service to readers following the story of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last week at his home in Cambridge, MA, which has now morphed into the story of President Barack Obama talking publicly about racial profiling in a manner that suggests he may be a black man. Which seems to have taken a number of people by surprise. I dunno, peeps. Sometimes I wonder whether those opposable thumbs y'all are equipped with really mean you are that much smarter than all the other creatures on dog's earth.
Anyway, here are more links, in addition to those we offered in Wednesday's post:
- Gates' conversation about the incident with his daughter, Elizabeth, in The Daily Beast
- Arresting office James Crowley tells his side of the story to WaPo
- Richard Thompson Ford on the depressing cycle of racial accusation
- Melissa Harris-Lacewell (whom we adore) on Gates and the post-racial project
- Pam Spaulding's series of posts on Pam's House Blend emphasizing class as an aspect of the incident (heads up to kb, who's been calling for just such an analysis)
- Brent Staples on what his reaction to the Gates incident says about Obama and black exceptionalism
- NYT roundup of reactions and how the incident tests the belief in racial progress
Sunday afternoon update:
Here are a few more links, and then we'll have nothing more to say on the subject of the cop and the English prof. We think.
- Charles M. Blow on Gates belatedly joining "the Club" of black men who have endured racially charged encounters with police
- Stanley Fish on men like Gates and Obama seeing their accomplishments greeted with suspicion and doubts about their legitimacy
- Tenured Radical on the anonymous white neighbor who called the police to report what she thought was a burglary at Gates' residence