I was the happiest man in the world when I heard that one of America’s most celebrated Black scholars was arrested because he stood for his rights against the police on his home property. I was not happy because Professor Henry Gates of Harvard University was arrested, but rather, because it opened the eyes of America and the rest of the world to the necessity of racism in the American system.
This is the purpose of racial profiling, police brutality, crack, building jail/prison in Black neighborhoods, and increased Black unemployment (last to get hired, but first to get fired or laid off). All this is done to give Blacks, especially the men, criminal records and to keep them poor from a very young age. With criminal or even an undeserved misdemeanor record, employment may not only be delayed, but may never get a good paying job. Many American laws in cities, counties, and states still have pre-civil rights laws that clearly states “negro”, “slave”, or “Black” that are still utilized in our courtrooms and law enforcement to this day, especially in the southern states. This system makes education or the ability to get a good attorney against discrimination less valuable than sustenance for many Blacks.
The two questions I would like America to answer are: First, did the neighbor or person that called the police not know where Professor Gates lived and what he looked like, or was it simply a time for legal amusement? Second, how do you think many young Black boys from low income homes are going to feel about the value and hope of education, when the leading Black scholar from HARVARD still has no voice in the presence of White police, who may even be a high school drop-out. America needs to get rid of all slave laws that predate the civil rights and all the current laws that are based upon them from being used in our legal systems RIGHT NOW.