The Presumption of Guilt

The Presumption of Guilt

The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America

Book - 2010
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"Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, was mistakenly arrested by Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley for attempting to break into his own home. The ensuing media firestorm ignited debate across the country. The Crowley-Gates incident was a clash of absolutes, underscoring the tension between black and white, police and civilians, and the privileged and less privileged in modern America. Charles Ogletree, one of the country's foremost experts on civil rights, uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race, class, and crime, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all. Working from years of research and based on his own classes and experiences with law enforcement, the author illuminates the steps needed to embark on the long journey toward racial and legal equality for all Americans"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Palgrave Macmillan,, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780230103269
023010326X
Characteristics: 256 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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StarGladiator
Jul 25, 2013

I would have to agree with floy's comments below. I would add or expound a bit, though, questioning Prof. Gates' presence on the Bretton Woods Committee, the lobbyist group for the international super-rich, and what exactly did those trips to China involve? Yes, racism exists, but it is also exploited to a great extent, and nobody appreciates that more than one of the exploiters, Prof. Gates and his diatribes against Black-Americans!

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floy
Jul 25, 2013

I respect the author's body of work but this particular book is a bit disappointing. There was really no new information about the incident when Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr was arrested for disturbing the peace in his own home. President Obama's reaction is discussed and the reaction to his reaction but again, not much new. The author expanded the subject by talking about the Rodney King case and also reciting examples of famous and not famous black men who've been the victim of racial profiling. Again, not particularly new. Sadly, we all know that remains a frequent practice.

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