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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Encouraged To Move By Harvard After Receiving Death Threats

Henry Louis Gates Jr. attended the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival on Sunday and revealed to the crowd that he has had to change his cell phone number and shut down his public email after receiving death threats in the wake of his arrest.

“The University encouraged me to move,” Gates told the crowd explaining that the situation has been “stressful” yet insisting, “lot’s of people go through far worse things, and I mean I was in jail for four hours, not four years or four months or four days, so I don’t want to exaggerate the trauma.”

Gates also joked about the “beer summit” he attended with the arresting officer Sgt. James Crowley saying, “he offered to get his [Crowley’s] kids into Harvard if he doesn’t arrest me again.”

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Newsy ObamaNation Race Matters

Obama Comments On Gates’ Arrest: ‘The Cambridge Police Acted Stupidly’

President Obama commented on the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates at his Boston, Massachusetts home at a press conference on Wednesday saying if he himself tried to “jigger” his way into the White House he’d “get shot” -which got a big laugh from the roomful of reporters.

The President went on to say, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one: any of us would be pretty angry; number two: that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three: what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately -that’s just a fact.”

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Foul Play: New Yorker Editor Says Henry Louis Gates Jr. ‘Arrested For Being Black at Home’


Last week, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, was arrested by Cambridge police officers investigating a reported break-in. But the house he was accused of breaking into was his own.

Today, New Yorker editor David Remnick has published an editorial on the arrest, calling foul play, echoing Gates’ sentiments that no matter how accomplished, “This is what happens to black men in America.”

“Gates was arrested for being black while at home,” Remnick writes.

The Washington Post also has an exclusive with Gates, where he says, “I studied the history of racism. I know every incident in the history of racism from slavery to Jim Crow segregation. I haven’t even come close to being arrested. I would have said it was impossible.”

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