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Racial Profiling is a problem

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I find this story to be very rididculous

I couldn’t believe this when I read it. There is this African American professor by the name of Gates Louis who teach at Harvard and he went on a trip and when he returned home he had difficulty getting in into his house. While he attempted to open his house door and failed, he asked his taxi driver to give him some assistance and the taxi driver was too an African American. A neighbor who happened to see the two men trying to barge through the front door called 911 and reported a break in. The police quickly arrived in front of Gates’ house. They questioned him and he told them that he reside in the house, but that didn’t stop the police from arresting Gates. Having been arrested in front of his own house, Gates got furious and publicly insisted that his arrest was clearly an instance of racial profiling, but as usual the police report said that Gates only got arrested because he was being physical with the authorities. This is clearly one of their pathetic excuse for arresting him. They know damn well that the only reason they arrested him was because he is back and that is just ridiculous.

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Written by jobyjob

February 27, 2010 at 2:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized

6 Responses

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  1. there are so many questions that go through my mind when reading this.

    *Why doesn’t his neighbor know who he is?
    *How do we know that he wasn’t being physical with the police?

    Was he just pulling the “race card?” Maybe there were more to the story then what is being told.

    melp8

    February 27, 2010 at 3:45 am

  2. If the neighbors didn’t recognize him, I can’t argue with them calling the cops. As for arresting the man, until he could prove that it was his house, I don’t think it is inappropriate to arrest him. While everything that happened could be blamed on the fact that he was black, that doesn’t mean that it was completely racial profiling. He was trying to break in, and if he was a little rough with the authorities, they have every right to arrest him if they see it fit. That being said, discrimination may have made people make decisions and jump to conclusions a little faster because of the stereotypes in out society but I don’t think that this is a case of complete racial profiling.

    lehnertsl

    February 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  3. I agree with the part about the neighbors not recognizing them, but even who tries to break into a house through the front door? Maybe the neighbor doesnt like him and called the police on purpose as a racial act. But either way you never know maybe they could have been braking in, i just think there could have been more ways to prove that its your own house, just fetch some mail with your name on it.

    dgomez823

    February 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  4. I dont know I can not agree with the other comments. I mean yes if the neighbors really thought he was breaking in that they should have called the police but like seriously it is the mans house does it really have to go to the extreme of arresting him? I’m sure they didn’t believe it was his house because it is probably a predominatley white neighborhood. I mean to arrest the guy and go through all that is ridiculous.

    roxy423

    February 28, 2010 at 1:17 am

  5. being arressted really isn’t as big a deal as most people may think. Sure it’s inconvenient and aggravating but fake IDs aren’t rare. Who’s to say he didn’t have a previous address on his liscense (assuming he even had it with him)? These are all reasons that the cops may have been suspicious and took precautions to safeguard the home just in case.

    devaio24

    February 28, 2010 at 1:49 am

  6. I feel like if this guy were white, this would’ve been a funny news story and no one would care that he were arrested. Racial Profiling or not, don’t be so certain because you weren’t there….how do you know that he wasn’t physical? how do you know he had nothing on him that could legitimately prove his residence? the police may have had every inclination and reason to arrest him, black or not.

    cgator19

    February 28, 2010 at 1:56 am


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