Harvard Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, was arrested



From Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Police arrived at Gates’s Ware Street home near Harvard Square at 12:44 p.m. to question him. Gates, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, had locked himself out of his house and was trying to get inside.
He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to the Cambridge police log.

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

Friends of Gates said he was already in his home when police arrived. He showed his driver’s license and Harvard identification card, but was handcuffed and taken into police custody for several hours last Thursday, they said.

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.

Dig the word from his boy:

[S. Allen] Counter has faced a similar situation himself. The well-known neuroscience professor, who is also black, was stopped by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect as he crossed Harvard Yard. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification.

“This is very disturbing that this could happen to anyone, and not just to a person of such distinction,” Counter said. “He was just shocked that this had happened, at 12:44 in the afternoon, in broad daylight. It brings up the question of whether black males are being targeted by Cambridge police for harassment.”

From the Harvard Crimson:Renowned Af-Am Professor Gates Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Here is the Police Report

From Wonkette:Famous Harvard Intellectual Arrested In Connection With Attempting To Enter His House

From the Boston Globe:Harvard professor Gates arrested at Cambridge home

And, what would an arrest story be without the proverbial mugshot:


As Percy Sutton once said,

” If you wake up and forget that you are Black, by the time 5 pm rolls around, someone would have reminded you.”

Skip Gates is 60 years old and can’t walk WITHOUT A CANE.

Yeah, he’s a threat to you and me, y’all. I feel soooo much safer knowing that he was taken off the streets.

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