Friday, July 24, 2009

Skip Gates Link Farm

(Updated below the pic.)

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:
Blog pal Historiann has a few more links in her own roundup on the issue. Got more, kids? Put 'em in comments, and we'll happily pull 'em into an update later, the moms' weekend entertainment schedule permitting. Meantime, y'all remember to talk nice to police officers. Don't go gettin' all loud and tumultuous and end up in handcuffs -- unless, of course, that is part of your weekend entertainment schedule, you wild thing. If it is, well, darlin', then this eye candy is just for you. Peace out.

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


  1. Roxie--I'm thinking of you this morning, and hoping you're feeling well. Hang in there! And, thanks for the links.

  2. We have three observations about the Harvard professor incident:

    1. We find it interesting that the fact that this was the professor's home was evidently not established early on way before the dispute escalated;

    2. We find it fascinating that the versions of two members of society, who most would ordinarily view as responsible and honest citizens (this obviously does not include politicians), would vary so dramatically from a factual point of view.

    3. Finally, considering that the reading and viewing public were not present at the scene (and thus have no first hand knowledge), and that there is no video tape to our knowledge of the sequence of events and what was said, how so many have formed conclusions, and made assumptions, about who did what and who was wrong.

    There are some things which Professor Gates might have considered upon the arrival of the police, no matter how incensed he may have been.

  3. Right back at you, Historiann. Thanks for all the hits yesterday, and a very happy weekend to you. Hope you are lassoing up some big fun out there on el Rancho Historico.


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