Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Professor Gates: If The Cops DIDN'T Come At The Sight Of Someone Apparently Breaking Into Your House Would You Have Been Pleased?
In 2 days - two Black professors have caused me to wonder if I am living in a different world. On Sunday a Black professor of sociology said that she is tired of being seated next to the bathroom or kitchen in various restaurants.
Now Henry Louis Gates has me wondering why all of my previous encounters with the police did not turn out with me getting arrested.
I have a security alarm. Over the past 12 years I can think of at least two occasions in which the local police were called out to my house because my alarm triggered a response. In both cases I was asked to produce ID. In both cases I was "allowed" to stay in my own house - not escorted into the back of the police car that was in my driveway.
I have a net favorable view of Dr Gates. I, however, get the strange feeling that this entire situation was blown far beyond what it should have ever gotten to.
If two men are seen jostling my door and then walking around my house with contents - I hope that - first of all - my neighbors know me as compared to a stranger. Secondly, failing identification I hope that my neighbors do indeed call the cops as they are looking out for my property and my personal space than they are about "racial profiling" or political correctness.
In theory - Professor Gates should have thanked these police men for checking on his property.
With the increased budget cuts for local police - some community will see more succesful break-ins due to manpower shortages on the police.
How can we fix this situation in Cambrigdge without having a "See Racism Is Alive And Well" series featured on TheRoot.com and various AfroSpear blogs?
(I wish that my people would react as strongly to the "Bloodly Summer" mayhem that is presently going on. You all don't realize how much I wish this.)