Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Post-Racial Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell has written a really thoughtful post on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that explores the implications of "post-racialness" in the current situation.

The New Yorker has an article up that focuses on his work and links to a number of his writings.

And Jimi Izrael has a post up at The Root entitled "The Education of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr." A quote:

The arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr., at a minimum, quashes any talk of a post-racial America. It may not be the best example of racial injustice I've ever seen, but it's a great example of how life for black people is often complicated by class and race. If a mild-mannered, bespectacled Ivy League professor who walks with a cane can be pulled from his own home and arrested on a minor charge, the rest of us don't stand a chance.

We all fit a description. We are all suspects.

1 comment:

  1. Meg'n7/22/2009

    This was great too.