America

Harvard Prof Arrested; Gates Tried To Get Into Own House

Henry Louis Skip Gates

Professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates PBS hide caption

itoggle caption PBS

Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates had locked himself out of his house. Gates, among the nation's pre-eminent African-American academics, managed to open a door, but soon found himself confronted by Cambridge, Mass., police investigating a potential break-in — meaning, of course, his attempt to get back into his own house.

The Boston Globe captures the scene last Thursday:

He was booked for disorderly conduct after "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior," according to the Cambridge police log.

Atlantic blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates, himself African-American, remarks:

"I bet he did exhibit 'loud and tumultuous behavior.' I likely would too. Actually, I wouldn't. But I don't work for Harvard. And my mother taught me how black men are to address the police."

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.