Dear Skip,It's worth reading the whole piece in the Harvard Crimson.
My first thought on hearing of your arrest was for your welfare, so I was relieved to learn that the case against you had been dropped and you were off to join your family on Martha's Vineyard.
It seems it wasn't the policeman doing the profiling, it was you. You played him for a racist cop and treated him disrespectfully.
Rather than taking offense at being racially profiled, weren't you instead insulted that someone as prominent as you was being subjected to a regular police routine? A Harvard professor and public figure—should you have to be treated like an ordinary citizen? But that's the greatness of this country: Enforcers of the law are expected to treat all alike, to protect the house of a black man no less carefully than that of white neighbors.
Since, inadvertently I assume, you have made the work of our police force more difficult than it already is, I wish that you would help set the record straight. You are the man to do it.
August 11, 2009
Really the last word on Gates. Really
In comments, Jack left a great link to this piece by Ruth Wisse, another Harvard professor. It is her "letter" to Skip Gates. Bold and very well written.