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Harvard Scholar's Arrest Stirs Race Debate

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Harvard Scholar's Arrest Stirs Race Debate

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Harvard Scholar's Arrest Stirs Race Debate

Harvard Scholar's Arrest Stirs Race Debate

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A distinguished professor at Harvard University was arrested after police investigated claims that he was trying to break into a house. The professor is Henry Louis Gates Jr., and the house was his own. Gates, who is African-American, has written many books on race relations, hosted a public TV series and more. His race factors into the incident because of how it started — with a call to police about what "two black males" were doing.

Steve Inskeep speaks with Tracy Jan, higher education reporter for The Boston Globe, for the latest details on the case.