Last week, the country was aboil with racial angst because scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. had been arrested for disorderly conduct by Sgt. James Crowley, responding to a call.
President Obama ended up trying to soothe the situation by saying that while the copper may have overreacted (Gates lived there, after all), Gates may have too. (He was reportedly cantankerous and uncooperative at first).
How’s that for noncommittal? Well, I don’t have an opinion on all this either. Not when I know I have you out there to form one for me. So what do you think? Which of the two overreacted more?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 27, 2009