EppsNet Archive: Henry Louis Gates

Thomas Jefferson’s Election 2012 Wrapup: Tired of the Bulls**t

My fellow Americans — The first headline I saw this morning was Obama Victory Speech Urges Unity in Facing Challenges. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s an ad run by President Obama in Ohio in the closing days of the campaign: A few days ago, it was Us vs. Them, whoever you imagine Us and Them to be. Now it’s Obama Urges Unity. “Not one of us” is an ugly sentiment in itself, but coming from a man who not long ago promised us Hope and Change and Inclusiveness, it betrays a complete absence of character. Four years ago, I said what I thought I needed to say to get elected, and I’m doing the same thing now, even though what I’m saying now is the exact opposite of what I said then. Obama has been nothing if not divisive. On class and income, he speaks contemptuously of “millionaires”… Read more →

Profiling??? PRO-filing?!??!

It took less than a day for the arrest of Henry Louis Gates to become racial lore. When one of America’s most prominent black intellectuals winds up in handcuffs, it’s not just another episode of profiling — it’s a signpost on the nation’s bumpy road to equality. If this man can be taken away by police officers from the porch of his own home, what does it say about the treatment that average blacks can expect in 2009? — Jesse Washington, AP National Writer [In Jim Mora voice]: Profiling??? You kidding me? PRO-filing?!??! “Profiling” implies an absence of facts or evidence. It means “I’m targeting you for suspicion simply because you’re black and therefore more likely to be engaged in criminal activity.” That’s not what happened here. A police officer responded to a 911 call reporting two black males breaking into a house. When he arrived, he found a black… Read more →