8.05.2009

B In the Know: Bob Herbert on Race Relations


New York Times Op-Ed columnist Bob Herbert has been more than expressive about his views regarding the case of "mistaken identity" with Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates. Take a peek at a few excerpts from his recent columns to see what he has to say about the where the responsibility lies in this situation where "cooler heads" should have had a bit more sensitivity training.

"Anger Has Its Place" (7/31/09) Excerpt:
You can yell at a cop in America. This is not Iran.  And if some people don’t like what you’re saying, too bad...Black people are constantly being stopped, searched, harassed, publicly humiliated, assaulted, arrested and sometimes killed by police officers in this country for no good reason. Read more...

"Innocence Is No Defense" (8/3/09) Excerpt:
The arrest last month of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not occur in a vacuum...it was the latest in a series of troubling incidents that have left law-abiding members of the Harvard community feeling as though they were unfairly targeted and humiliated because of their race. Read more...


1 comment:

Inspector Clouseau said...

Every country deals with race differently. The two biggest mistakes in American history once one gets beyond slavery: (1) forced integration by court rulings; you can’t force people to want to associate with, get along, or respect you; and (2) affirmative action; no matter how one looks at it, it smacks of unfairness and does not make people respect you. What we have today is simply the long-term ramification of bad racial policies. As for the Harvard Professor incident....