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Even the president had something to say:
Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be "a little biased," because Gates is a friend.
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
The incident, Obama said, shows "how race remains a factor in this society."
I have a few questions of my own:
1. What's up with Skip's neighbors not knowing who he is?
2. When inside the house and Skip was providing ID, why didn't the police take a look at the photos in the house? Apparently the valid driver's licence and Harvard ID were not proof enough.
3. Was it necessary to arrest him? I mean, really. He provided identification, standing in his own house.
4. The man uses a cane. Does this fit the profile of someone capable of B&E? Where was the common sense on the part of the Cambridge Police?
5. Disorderly conduct? It's not like he was trying to incite a riot.
And for Skip's part, I can understand the outrage he must have felt. But why make the situation worse by talking back to the cops?
I've certainly been in situations where I've felt like I was not given the benefit of the doubt because of the color of my skin. So this touches a nerve in me, and for many people of color, I suspect.