By now you’ve heard about the little dustup this week involving Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley.
If not, a brief recap. Police were called to a report of two black men breaking in the front door of a house in a Cambridge neighborhood. Sergeant Crowley responded to find two black men in the house. The house was Professor Gates’ house, and the second man was the professor’s driver. The driver was helping the professor unstick his jammed front door. The stories diverge at this point, with Sergeant Crowley claiming Professor Gates became abusive, and Professor Gates claiming that Sergeant Crowley was the abusive party. Both parties agree that Sergeant Crowley arrested Professor Gates, and that Cambridge later dropped all charges against Professor Gates. Professor Gates has called for Sergeant Crowley to apologize. Sergeant Crowley states he has done nothing wrong and refuses to apologize.
Whom to believe? ‘Puter can’t say with any certainty, for ‘Puter wasn’t there. ‘Puter will be reviewing the satellite footage later from GorT’s worldwide observation network control center deep beneath Castle Gormogon and will have an answer in the morning. But the fact that Sergeant Crowley teaches a police academy course on the evils of racial profiling makes it more likely than not that Professor Gates is full of it.