The Cop, the Professor and the President of the United States

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In an incident now familiar to most Americans, a Harvard professor arrived home from a trip to China to find his door jammed. He and his driver tried to force it open, a neighbor reported a possible break-in and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley showed up at the home. After a verbal confrontation about racial profiling, Henry Louis Gates was arrested outside for disorderly conduct, a charge that was later dismissed. The White House says tonight’s "beer summit" is an effort to start a dialogue on race relations in the United States. It follows President Obama’s comment that a white policeman acted “stupidly” by arresting Gates. Was it a case of “racial profiling?” Was the professor first to raise the issue of race? Did the President make a political blunder? Is it a "teachable moment" or a distraction from healthcare reform and the rest of the White House agenda?


Lynn Sweet - Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times, Wilmer Leon - Professor of Political Science, Howard University, Wayne Bennett - - @fieldnegro, Eugene O'Donnell - John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Warren Olney

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