April 24, 2018
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Was it race, attitude or circumstance that got Henry Gates arrested?

The arrest of renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates in his Cambridge home last week rose to national prominence when President Obama weighed in on the matter during a press conference. Did police act “stupidly,” as the president said, in arresting Mr. Gates, or was it prudent, given the report of a break-in? Was it Prof. Gates’ attitude – becoming

indignant and accusing the officer of being a racist – which led to his arrest? If so, was that action justified? What does this incident reveal about views about race in America?

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