(1) To claim, based on personal experience or just personal philosophy that Dr Gates should not have responded loudly and aggressively to the police officer's inquiries. The cops have a tough job. Cooperation gets you out of the situation much better than confrontation. Gates showed little grace or tact.
Give me a break. Not a single one of these commenters that I can find has been subject to the subtle police-state-style harassment that my black academic and consulting colleagues deal with on a regular basis. I have one colleague I think of as the magnet for the predictability with which the TSA will pull him out of line for a supposedly random secondary screening. I have been through airport security dozens of times with this individual, who is a senior scholar and--ironically--a security consultant to DHS--and three out of every four times he goes through, he is pulled.
I have a colleague in Information Sciences who works in Delaware but lives in New Jersey. He drives a Mercedes. He is in great shape, and looks 25 instead of his real age of 48. Remember the old NJ State Police driving while black profiling? Not only was this man pulled over seven times in three weeks on the New Jersey Turnpike, it is a fantasy to suggest that things have gotten much better. Last summer he drove his Mercedes down through Delmarva toward Virginia Beach and was stopped twice--never ticketed--because the locals had been promised big rewards by the DEA if they helped them shut down the drug highway down Route 13. One deputy even told him, "You don't want to get stopped any more, sell the car."
How it really stacks up is like a black NCO told me about ten years ago. Ever heard this joke? Question: When does a black man become a nigger? Answer: When he leaves the room..
And point number two is that if Dr Gates' critics can't find something substantive about his conduct to rail against, they will just suggest--and none too subtly--that this major American scholar is really a black man who has left the room.
Here's a scattering from my own comments section and a few other places:
Third, he's only "pre-eminent" because he's a professor of "black studies." Funny how someone like Thomas Sowell who operates in a REAL discipline doesn't garner such a title.
Sorry, my friend, but here you are full of it. Since the 1987 publication (by Oxford University Press) of Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the "Racial" Self through his most recent 2009 (by Princeton University Press) of Lincoln on Race and Slavery, Dr Gates has earned the respect of liberal and conservative scholars across numerous disciplinary lines.
Then there is the ever-gutsy Anonymous:
Black Studies is a real discipline. So is Turf Management.
Or his equally cowardly and grammatically impaired brother Anonymous:
Gatres a loud mouth black panther wannabe scholar trumping up racial tension be screaming racism.
Notice what passes for legitimate attack here: lampoon the discipline and then lampoon the individual.
Anybody commenting here bright enough to have read any of Dr. Gates' work? Hube? Want to 'fess up that it was your preconceptions and not actual knowledge talking?
I've read Dr Gates' work for years, and while I don't agree with all of it, the man is arguably brilliant, an intellectual heavy hitter, and frankly--in terms of longstanding contribution to our understanding of American culture--so far out of Thomas Sowell's league that to make the comparison suggests that you know little about either man's work and are commenting based on political ideology rather than real knowledge.
But here's my favorite, as Anoni attempts over at Colossus to make Dr Gates into a gay black man trying to hide the fact that he's getting some on the down-low:
The next door neighbor calls police after seeing two black men wearing backpacks trying to force the front door.
According to Gates's lawyer those two men were Gates and a friend.
No News Report mentions the friend
The police report makes no mention of the friend
any further speculation on who the friend is and why he hid and how that explains Gates bizzare behavior would unkind and not politically correct.
the guilty flee (or in this cased rant and rave) when none presue.
So instead of dealing with what happened, we'll just trash Dr Gates as a wanna-be scholar in a fake discipline who is probably a closet homo.
Maybe the cop should have demanded to check his freezer for the body parts of the dismembered children that Dr Gates was luring into his house to molest and then kill, so he could gather inspiration to hit the keyboard and spew racist black panther filth.
Post-racial America my ass.