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.”