President Obama Comments on Skip Gates’ Arrest… so do I
Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the arrest of Harvard Professor Skip Gates in his Cambridge, MA home earlier this week. There’s no doubt that there will be backlash for weeks on this issue.
Let’s play out what the crux of the issue likely is. The police officer asked Gates for ID from outside the house, and being that he was already in the house after forgetting his key, Gates was likely already annoyed. He swings the door open revealing his portrait over the fireplace, 3 Emmy awards, and a bust of him standing next to Lionel Ritchie and the officer still demands ID (ridiculous). Did he get loud? Probably (“Why, because I’m a black man in America?”!). The situation is annoying, and he’s already on edge. However there was a report from a neighbor (they must not be friends) about a potential break in. Maybe Gates was standing in a shadow and was unrecognizable from a distance. Hey, I’d hope my neighbor would call or come check things out or whatever.
At the end of the day he was arrested for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space” which basically means “mouthing off to a cop where other people could hear”. That’s the real crime. Stepping on the rep of the man.
Check out the video. If there is one thing that’s for sure is that The President’s politics and stance are easy to understand and entertaining to listen to.