Henry Louis Gates, top black scholar

… accuses police of racism after being arrested in his own home

Linked with The role of police in the contemporary US.

Published on Times online UK, by James Bone in NY, July 21, 2009.

America’s pre-eminent black scholar has accused police of racism after they demanded that he should prove his identity in his own home near Harvard University.

Henry Louis Gates, a professor, author and television personality who runs Harvard’s African-American research centre, was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct and accused of “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behaviour” …

“They did not believe him when he said that he was in his own home. He was totally mistreated in this incident,” he added.  

The arrest created a new furore over alleged racism in the highly politicised atmosphere of America’s leading university.

A black female scholarship student cried foul recently after she was expelled from Harvard following a killing on campus. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with murder. The expelled student was a friend of the girlfriend of one of the accused.

Professor Gates is a pillar of the African-American community. He is well known to television viewers in America for his series using DNA to trace the roots of black celebrities, including the talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.

A remand hearing has been scheduled for August 26 unless the charge is dropped. (full text).


His webpage at Harvard;

Wonders of the African World;

Henry Louis Gates Jr. to continue at Harvard;


Articles from the Harvard Crimson on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.;

Henry Louis Gates Jr: Every black man’s nightmare, August 4, 2009;

Gates speaks raw video, 1.33 min;

A “post-racial” America? July 27, 2009;

Henry Louis Gates: on wikipedia, on Google News-search, on Google Images-search, on Google Video-search, on Google Groups-search, on Google Books-search, on Google inauthor-search, on Google Scholar-search, on Google Blog-search, on Google Web-search.

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