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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 09:05 PM
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Skip Gates Speaks - talks about his arrest and the outrage of racial profiling in America.
Skip Gates Speaks
The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about his arrest and the outrage of racial profiling in America.

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The police report says I was engaged in loud and tumultuous behavior. Thats a joke. Because I have a severe bronchial infection which I contracted in China and for which I was treated and have a doctors report from the Peninsula hotel in Beijing. So I couldnt have yelled. I cant yell even today, Im not fully cured.

It escalated as follows: I kept saying to him, What is your name, and what is your badge number? and he refused to respond. I asked him three times, and he refused to respond. And then I said, Youre not responding because Im a black man, and youre a white officer. Thats what I said. He didnt say anything. He turned his back to me and turned back to the porch. And I followed him. I kept saying, I want your name, and I want your badge number.

It looked like an ocean of police had gathered on my front porch. There were probably half a dozen police officers at this point. The mistake I made was I stepped onto the front porch and asked one of his colleagues for his name and badge number. And when I did, the same officer said, Thank you for accommodating our request. You are under arrest. And he handcuffed me right there. It was outrageous. My hands were behind my back I said, Im handicapped. I walk with a cane. I cant walk to the squad car like this. There was a huddle among the officers; there was a black man among them. They removed the cuffs from the back and put them around the front.

A crowd had gathered, and as they were handcuffing me and walking me out to the car, I said, Is this how you treat a black man in America?

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more:
http://www.theroot.com/views/skip-gates-speaks?page=0,0
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http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/22/756574/-Hen...
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 09:48 PM
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1. a word comes to mind from the past......
it starts with FUCKING "P", ends in "G" and is Plural....and it rhymes with BIGS! America, land of the free, home of the brave.....my ass! Past, Present, and Future.
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